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[French plain-chant (translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus) : plain, plain; see plain + chant, song; see chant.]


(Music, other) another name for plainsong
[C18: from French, rendering Medieval Latin cantus plānus; see plain1]


(ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ)

the ancient traditional unisonal music of the Christian Church, having its form set and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical tradition.
[1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus]
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Noun1.plainchant - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Churchplainchant - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church
chant - a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
cantus firmus - a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition
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His voice was often eerily unaccompanied, and evoked ancient plainchant in his delivery - not far away from the Noh-play influences upon Britten's three Church Parables.
In "Building a Church with Music: The Plainchant Capitals at Cluny", historian Sebastian Biay looks at the musical images which grace eight capitals at the (former) abbey church at Cluny.
Anne spans the sacred, Latin-texted genres of the period: polyphonic motets, Mass Ordinaries, and liturgical plainchant.
Truly, singing in the consonants in addition to the vowels was an enrichment that brought about a consciousness of the Eastern plainchant tradition.
Of the three movements, the second was most effective, with the sopranos singing a unison melody reminiscent of plainchant.
The three major musical forms of this golden age outside of plainchant and hymns are the grand and petit motet and the lemons de tenebres.
Under the baton of Canon Marcus Huxley, the Birmingham Cathedral Choir has developed an extensive repertoire - from plainchant to recent compositions, with some being specially commissioned for them.
But like his father's great Mass in Li Minor, this Requiem is a wonderful mix of musical and techniques--from plainchant to 16th-century polyphony, 17th-century Italian polychorality to 18th-century counterpoint and the stile galant.
The Durham Singers will also perform Tom[sz]s Luis de Victoria's unaccompanied Requiem Mass of 1605 which, like Durufl's more romantic setting, is based on the melodies of medieval plainchant.
His constantly evolving rhythms - influenced by speech and birdsong patterns - and his fragments of melody - part folksong and part plainchant - were perfectly judged.
Unlike the previous two discs, it returns to the plainchant repertoire of late-Medieval Bohemia, enriched with the later polyphony tradition.