In the simplest cases the canto fermo has notes of equal length and is unbroken in flow.
I send you a specimen of the mode in which they render the canto fermo, regardless both of the words and the sense.
Choral music in all ages has tended to consist largely of counterpoint on a canto fermo (see Contrapuntal Forms).
The morning service closed at half-past one with a hymn in canto fermo.
In life we have destiny from which there is no escape; in counterpoint we have the canto fermo of which not a note may be altered.
In the very sound of it there is a canto fermo; it proceeds as by a chant.