canto fermo

cantus firmus (ˈkæntəs ˈfɜːməs)

/ (ˈkæntəʊ ˈfɜːməʊ) /

noun

a melody that is the basis to which other parts are added in polyphonic music
the traditional plainchant as prescribed by use and regulation in the Christian Church

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Word Origin for canto fermo

Italian, from Medieval Latin, literally: fixed song
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