faburden


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faburden

(ˈfæbədən)
n
(Music, other) obsolete an early system of musical harmonization
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we read: "his quills and pens not worn so near as they were wont to be, did now prick such fair large notes that his mistress liked better to sing faburden under him than to descant any longer upon F.
Under the terms of this agreement, John Bircheley of London taught the monks plainsong, pricksong, faburden ("fafunden") and descant, as well as organ playing and "to sett songes yf thay be dysposed to gif theymsellffe therunto," In other words, among several other duties, Bircheley was expected to teach the whole gamut of skins required of a liturgical musician to the monks, including composition.
It fell out that the Secretary having bin of long time absent, and therby his quils and pennes not worn so neer as they were wont to be, did now prick such faire large notes, that his Mistres liked better to sing faburden under him, than to descant any longer uppon F.