Ravenscroft's Psalms and Walter's book had given the melody, or plain-song, to the tenor.
When opposed to plain-song, it meant counter-point as distinguished from mere melody.
Music embraced the rules of the plain-song of the Church, some theory of sound, and the connexion of harmony and numbers.
To speak of it as in any vital-194- sense a reversion, because it makes use of certain principles of plain-song, is mere trifling.
The mean was intermediate between the plain-song or tenor (so called from its holding on the notes) and the treble.
The plain-song is perhaps more often found in a lower part, the Descant being higher.
It may be beautiful in secular music, but it is null and void when it attempts the venerable sequences of plain-song.
But the tremendous passion of that Eastern plain-song would have offended these discreet walls.
Under Fulbert, indeed, the school of Chartres became famous for its music and for its plain-song renderings of the sacred offices.
“Sussex,” by Joseph Barnby, a plain-song with a fine harmony, is good congregational music for the hymn.
also plainsong, plain-song, 1510s, translating Latin cantus planus, French plain chant.