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discant

[n. dis-kant; v. dis-kant] /n. ˈdɪs kænt; v. dɪsˈkænt/
noun
1.
Also, discantus
[dis-kan-tuh s] /dɪsˈkæn təs/ (Show IPA)
. Music. a 13th-century polyphonic style with strict mensural meter in all the voice parts, in contrast to the metrically free organum of the period.
2.
verb (used without object)
3.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin discanthus; see descant
Related forms
discanter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for discant

discant

noun (ˈdɪskænt)
1.
a variant of descant (sense 1), descant (sense 3), descant (sense 4)
verb (dɪsˈkænt)
2.
a variant of descant (sense 1), descant (sense 3), descant (sense 4)
Derived Forms
discanter, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for discant

descant

(from Latin discantus, "song apart"), countermelody either composed or improvised above a familiar melody. Descant can also refer to an instrument of higher-than-normal pitch, such as a descant recorder. In late medieval music, discantus referred to a particular style of organum featuring one or more countermelodies added to a newly rhythmicized plainsong melody. Discantus in this sense is usually spelled discant in English translation

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