- a song with parts for several voices, especially one meant to be sung without accompaniment.
Origin of part song
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for part song
Her “No” was set to counterpoint in the part-song, and she frightened Love out of her sight in a ballet.The Spirit of Place
Let us take six gentlemen met together to learn the old thirteenth-century part-song, the round entitled ‘Sumer is icumen in.’English Costume
Dion Clayton Calthrop
Part-song was simplified, and Johan Walther compiled a hymnal of religious songs in the vernacular for from four to six voices.
The sanction of the cardinals was given—and part-song harmony became permanently one of the angel voices of the Christian church.
A part-song is a composition for two or more voices, (usually four) to be sung a capella.Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
- a song composed in harmonized parts
- (in more technical usage) a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody
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