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  • In the Byzantine terminology again, a uniquely-profiled idiomelon becomes a prototype or generator automelon, the basis for imitated melodies or prosomoia. Automelic chants are generally cut of the same stylized cloth as the idiomelic chants that make up the bulk of their particular category. But the automela were so well-fixed in choristers' and congregational memories that in early hymn-books they rarely appeared with neumes.

    --Kenneth Levy, 1990, "On Gregorian Orality", Journal of the American Musicological Society 43: 218

    July 11, 2010