Origin of cantus
From Latin, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at canto
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Write four times, changing the cantus firmus into every part.
In other cantatas it is noted that the cantus firmus (the chorale-melody) is in the soprano, or other voice.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
From this peculiarity the chant obtained the name of cantus firmus, or fixed chant.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
The Cantus Evangelii and Epistolarum admitted likewise of a great and wearisome licence of inflection.Rites and Ritual
Two-part counterpoint comprises a cantus firmus and a counterpoint.
- a medieval form of church singing; chant
- Also called: canto the highest part in a piece of choral music
- (in 15th- or 16th-century music) a piece of choral music, usually secular, in polyphonic style
Latin: song, from canere to sing
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