Plain chant

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Related to Plain chant: organum, Gregorian chant
(Mus.) Same as Plain song, below.
- Chaucer.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Chanting for chanting, my dear Planchet; I have remarked that nations prefer singing a merry chant to the plain chant. Remember the Fronde; what did they sing in those times?
However, he was referred to the Carthusian Order of Neuville, where he was advised to learn first plain chant and logic.
Thus plain chant is not a "tune" whose express qualities include being simple, being easily singable, and having a catchy melody.
Then, in Act Two, director Hynes integrates a subtle visual allusion to John Singer Sargent's Great War mural, "Gassed" (during the "Stretcher Bearer's Song") the sound (and sight!) of rain at the front, the percussive potential of the soldier's helmets, music hall melodies, elegy and plain chant (arguably composer Elliot Davis's most significant gift to the production), dance and stylized movement (contributed by David Bolger and Vanessa Lefrancois) and the concussive sound of the howitzer as it pivots in place and fires.
If you've ever seen the musical notation, there's nothing but unadorned black dots on the page as the carol is derived from early church plain chant.
Flaws are difficult to find on this very fine recording, though the plain chant introduction to Ave maris stella is perhaps a little bit ragged.
"My Catholic friends think it's absolutely extraordinary to go to a Benedictine convent in deepest Quebec and hear plain chant. But we have plain chant all over the place in the Anglican church in every city," she said.