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prick song

noun, Archaic.
written music.
descant (def 1a).
Origin of prick song
1400-50; late Middle English, short for pricked song Unabridged
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  • The point was that it should be extempore; if written down it ceased to be true descant, and was then called 'prick-song.'

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • Well said, wench; and the prick-song we use shall be our husbands.

  • This time they are speaking, not of descant, but of prick-song.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • prick-song, music pricked or noted down, full of flourish and variety.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for prick-song

prick song

  1. a piece of written vocal music
  2. vocal music sung from a copy
Word Origin
C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate)
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