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[French plain-chant (translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus) : plain, plain; see plain + chant, song; see chant.]
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(Music, other) another name for plainsong
[C18: from French, rendering Medieval Latin cantus plānus; see plain1]
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(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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If Reich's work owed something to Bach, the piece that opened the concert, Organum Light, by Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, surely owed just as much to Vaughan Williams, especially his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, as well as the melodic plainchant of the Middle Ages.
Candelaria has brought renowned classical musician and author Joseph Horowitz to Purchase to teach a course this term titled "Music, Culture, and Ideas." Meanwhile, he has two books in progress and is an in-demand speaker on topics such as mariachi music, plainchant, arts education and the 21st-century demographic.
Nevertheless, no evidence of inventories or catalogues of Ecuadorian churches have been published in regard to plainchant.
It will start the program with the introit of Christmas Day "Puer natus est nobis" from Plainchant, Mode 7.
The Introit, moreover, begins with an even more traditional element, a plainchant intonation.
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 Pinkham, and especially the Hindemith piece that followed, are complex works, rhythmically and tonally, and unfortunately it was difficult to understand words or distinguish individual parts due to the reverberations in the cathedral.
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.