Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of singing, especially of sacred music, cultivated from the late Middle Ages until the 19th century, centered on Paris, and derived from the Gallican ritual; in this style vocal lines are decorated with improvised ornamentation, and differentiated from each other in a polyphonic composition also by tone color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medieval music, the practice or effect of adding passing-notes and other embellishments to a plain-song melody.

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Examples

  • Thus their artistic heritage has become so altered and disfigured by successive additions, or "machicotage," as to bear no resemblance to the original, this being buried under a heap of useless complications.

    Style in Singing

  • First, the plainchant passages are done in the old "machicotage" style.

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