or plain song
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Origin of plainsong
Example sentences from the Web for plainsong
Music embraced the rules of the plain-song of the Church, some theory of sound, and the connexion of harmony and numbers.
Under Fulbert, indeed, the school of Chartres became famous for its music and for its plain-song renderings of the sacred offices.The Story of Chartres|Cecil Headlam
It may be beautiful in secular music, but it is null and void when it attempts the venerable sequences of plain-song.The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
A plain-song by Alexander Reinagle is used by some congregations, but is not remarkably expressive.The Story of the Hymns and Tunes|Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
When opposed to plain-song, it meant counter-point as distinguished from mere melody.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet|William Shakespeare