- written music.
- descant(def 1a).
Origin of prick song
Examples from the Web for prick song
Historical Examples of prick song
Well said, wench; and the prick-song we use shall be our husbands.The Works of John Marston
This time they are speaking, not of descant, but of Prick-song.
Prick-Song, music pricked or noted down, full of flourish and variety.A History of the Cries of London
The point was that it should be extempore; if written down it ceased to be true descant, and was then called 'prick-song.'
Any song which was printed in various parts was called a prick-song, to distinguish it from one sung extemporaneously or by ear.Sabbath in Puritan New England
Alice Morse Earle
- a piece of written vocal music
- vocal music sung from a copy