Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church Gregorian chant.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church Any monophonic medieval liturgical music without strict meter and traditionally sung without accompaniment. Also called plainchant.

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  • n. A form of monophonic chant, sung in unison using the Gregorian scale and sung in various Christian churches.

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  • n. a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church

Etymologies

Translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The masses fall into two (probably chronological) groups: the first consists of those printed in 1532 and those in the manuscript Montserrat 768 (copied 1546), which are primarily parody masses; the second consists of those found in Montserrat 772 (copied 1560), which paraphrase plainsong melodies and reflect the conservatism of Philip II and his court.

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  • The Colby College graduate paused from his avocation, as well as his duties as a commercial lender at TD Banknorth's Augusta and Waterville offices, to answer some questions about a spiritual art and craft, also called plainsong, that seems largely neglected in the 21st century.

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  • The Accentus must be plainsong, and must be that plainsong which is found in the present typical edition, styled the Vatican Edition, of the "Roman

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  • Spring/summer and autumn/winter seasons are now about as relevant to contemporary life as Gregorian plainsong.

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  • An expectation, or suspicion, depending on your perspective, is growing that ICEL actually intends that the new texts not be set to Broadway-style music but plainsong in the tradition of Gregorian chant, i.e. that Vatican II not be a dead letter as regards music in the Roman Rite.

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  • Each of the traditional mysteries of joy, sorrow and glory are introduced with readings from the writings of Cardinal Newman and Father Werenfried, while the organ music and plainsong interludes, reverentially sung by the Oxford Oratory Schola, reflect the appropriate moods of the mysteries and give a musical uplift to the prayer.

    The Holy Rosary with the Schola of the Oxford Oratory and Meditations by J.H. Newman

  • The consistent – you could say persistent – use of conjunctive phrases such as "And it came to pass" on which Tyndale rings the changes gives the work a ritualised, almost plainsong feel.

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  • I listen to medieval music: sad pieces for romance, plainsong for Serious Matters and dances for social stuff.

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  • The senses were amped up for the big production: stained glass, plainsong, frankincense and myrrh -- the works.

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  • Of course the reason was the presence of sung propers an the absence of hymns in critical places of the Mass: entrance, offertory and communion, and also the absence of a sing-songy Psalm and its replacement with plainsong.

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