Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The unisonous vocal music which has been used in the Christian church from its earliest centuries.
  • n. A cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal treatment; so called because often an actual fragment of plain-song.
  • n. The simple notes of an air, without ornament or variation; hence, a plain, unexaggerated statement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The unisonous vocal music which has been used in the Christian church from its earliest centuries.
  • n. A cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal treatment: so called because often an actual fragment of plain-song.
  • n. The simple notes of an air, without ornament or variation; hence, a plain, unexaggerated statement.

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Examples

  • Pray thee, corporal, stay: the knocks are too hot; and, for mine own part, I have not a case of lives: the humour of it is too hot, that is the very plain-song of it.

    The Life of King Henry the Fifth

  • The plain-song is most just: for humours do abound:

    The Life of King Henry the Fifth

  • Beauty combines the many with the one: and plain-song and the _Missa Papae Marcelli_ show us only a few, a very few, of its manifestations.

    Recent Developments in European Thought

  • Plains of Abraham, an elevated plain just beyond Quebec to the southwest; the scene of the battle of Quebec. plain-song, a short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day or occasion, recited in one tone.

    Elson Grammar School Literature v4

  • Out of the selfsame book, with the hymns of the church and the plain-song.

    Elson Grammar School Literature v4

  • Your pre-Reformation lark sang from "a full stomach," and thanked God it had a constitution to carry it off without affectation: and your nineteenth century lark applying the same code of life, his plain-song is mere happy everyday prose, and not poetry at all as we try to make it out to be.

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • The only emotion he ever betrayed was caused by the organ music accompanying the hymnal plain-song, and by the pomp of religious ceremony.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Neume notation was used mostly in connection with the "plain-song melodies" of the Church, and since the words of these chants were sung as they would be pronounced in reading, the deficiency of the neume system in not expressing definite duration values was not felt.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • This plain-song of love, to use the pretty expression of our forefathers, seemed almost criminal to the devout young girl who went to confession every fortnight.

    Paras. 900–999

  • Do not let us seek it anywhere but in the decorative art of the plain-song singers, in the architectural art of the age of

    Musicians of To-Day

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