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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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Based on plainchant and hewing closely to the Catholicism-inflected cultural priorities of the Vichy regime, which commissioned the piece, Durufle's Requiem has nevertheless been hailed as a "timeless" (p.
Of the three movements, the second was most effective, with the sopranos singing a unison melody reminiscent of plainchant.
Storgards certainly had the measure of Holst's almost narcotic Hymn of Jesus with its blend of ancient plainchant and stamping dionysiac rhythms, CBSO Chorus and orchestra here joined by the ethereal voices of the CBSO Youth Chorus.
Monastic organs played the melody of the plainchant with the voices of the choir.
Dominical Books of plainchant containing all the Sundays of the year
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.
Each pair pursues their own line, which due to melodic design and parallel fifths evokes a plainchant, independently of the others, but it is not appropriate to imagine a common polyphonic structure.
Pausing by the dry stone clochans where a woman hung behind, her voice rising as she sang some old plainchant, the sound belling in the wind until Michael wasn't sure it was the woman's voice at all.
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.
Their polyphony highlighted the melodic purity of the plainchant, while the monophonic lines made the multiple voices sound all the richer.