or plain song
- the unisonous vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times.
- modal liturgical music; Gregorian chant.
- a cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal development.
- any simple and unadorned melody or air.
Origin of plainsong
1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
Also called plainchant (for defs 1, 2).
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Examples from the Web for plainsong
Florid music, or all church music that is not Plainsong, or its Lutheran equivalent the chorale-melody.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
Descant in music is the melodious accompaniment to a simple theme, the plainsong or ground.Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois
There was a chapel in the house, of a High Anglican kind, where vestments and incense were used, and plainsong sung.Hugh
Arthur Christopher Benson
He appears familiar with the plainsong, and has based a symphony and portions of a quartet on Gregorian modes.Musical Portraits
And Winchester, too, has all and more than all, the surprise of the plainsong; the better you know it the more you are impressed.England of My Heart--Spring
- the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chantAlso called: plainchant
C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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