- Generic term for the unaccompanied music of monks singing in unison, e.g. *Gregorian chant. The rhythm of the song was and still is determined by the natural accents of the text being sung. The word 'plain' refers to the single line of melody, its monophony, and to the lack of a set rhythm.
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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plainsong — (also plainchant) ► NOUN ▪ unaccompanied medieval church music sung in free rhythm corresponding to the accentuation of the words … English terms dictionary
plainsong — [plān′sôŋ΄] n. [transl. of ML cantus planus] 1. the monophonic and unmeasured ritual chant of the early Christian church, esp. Gregorian chant 2. any similar religious chant, as in Hindu liturgies … English World dictionary
Plainsong — For other uses, see Plainsong (disambiguation). Plainsong (also plainchant; Latin: cantus planus) is a body of chants used in the liturgies of the Catholic Church. Though the Eastern Orthodox churches and the Catholic Church did not split until… … Wikipedia
plainsong — noun Date: 1513 a monophonic rhythmically free liturgical chant of any of various Christian rites; especially Gregorian chant … New Collegiate Dictionary
plainsong — /playn sawng , song /, n. 1. the unisonous vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times. 2. modal liturgical music; Gregorian chant. 3. a cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal development. 4. any simple and unadorned… … Universalium
plainsong — noun A form of monophonic chant, sung in unison using the Gregorian scale and sung in various Christian churches … Wiktionary
Plainsong — See Chant; Plainchant … Historical dictionary of sacred music
plainsong — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. [liturgical, Gregorian, etc. ] chant. See music, rite. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. plainchant, chant, Gregorian chant, melody; see song … English dictionary for students
plainsong — plain|song [ˈpleınsɔŋ US so:ŋ] n also plainchant [U] a type of old Christian church music in which people sing a simple tune without musical instruments … Dictionary of contemporary English
plainsong — plain|song [ pleın,sɔŋ ] noun uncount a type of old religious music heard in Christian churches, sung by a group of people together without the use of musical instruments … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English