Gregorian chant

Gregorian chant

noun
1.
the plain song or cantus firmus used in the ritual of the Roman Catholic Church.
2.
a melody in this style.

Origin:
1745–55; named after Pope Gregory I; see -ian

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Gregorian chant
 
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another name for plainsong

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Gregorian chant definition


The traditional music for Latin texts in the worship of the Roman Catholic Church. Gregorian chant is marked by performance in unison and by free-flowing rhythms that follow the phrasing of the text. The chants often call for one syllable to be sung across several notes.

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