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part song

a song with parts for several voices, especially one meant to be sung without accompaniment.
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part singing, noun Unabridged
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  • A part-song is a composition for two or more voices, (usually four) to be sung a capella.

  • Her “No” was set to counterpoint in the part-song, and she frightened Love out of her sight in a ballet.

    The Spirit of Place Alice Meynell
  • Let us take six gentlemen met together to learn the old thirteenth-century part-song, the round entitled ‘Sumer is icumen in.’

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The sanction of the cardinals was given—and part-song harmony became permanently one of the angel voices of the Christian church.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • part-song was simplified, and Johan Walther compiled a hymnal of religious songs in the vernacular for from four to six voices.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Suddenly, from a grove behind us, came the sound of children's voices singing an old German part-song.

British Dictionary definitions for part-song

part song

a song composed in harmonized parts
(in more technical usage) a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody
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