Plain Song


Plain Song
   The name given to the ancient music with which the Church service was rendered. Thus Blunt in the Annotated Prayer-book, speaking of Church music says, "In the remodeling of our English services, the great aim was not to discard, but to utilize the ancient plain song, to adapt it to the translated offices, to restore it to something more of its primitive 'plainness,' to rid it of its modern corruptions, its wearisome ornaments and flourishes so that the Priest's part, on the one hand, might be intelligible and distinct, not veiled in a dense cloud of unmeaning notes, and the people's part made so easy and straightforward as to render their restored participation in the public worship of the Sanctuary at once practicable and pleasurable."

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Plain song — Plain Plain, a. [Compar. {Plainer}; superl. {Plainest}.] [F., level, flat, fr. L. planus, perhaps akin to E. floor. Cf. {Llano}, {Piano}, {Plan}, {Plane} level, a level surface.] 1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plain|song — plain song, or plain|song «PLAYN SNG, SONG», noun. 1. vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times. Plain song is sung in unison. It is rhythmical, although the beats are not regular. 2. a melody taken as the theme for a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain song — plain song, or plain|song «PLAYN SNG, SONG», noun. 1. vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times. Plain song is sung in unison. It is rhythmical, although the beats are not regular. 2. a melody taken as the theme for a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain-song — 1510s, translating L. cantus planus …   Etymology dictionary

  • plain-song — noun a) The unisonous vocal music which has been used in the Christian church from its earliest centuries. b) A cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal treatment; so called because often an actual fragment of plain song …   Wiktionary

  • plain-song — англ. [пле/йнсон] григорианский хорал (cantus planus) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • plain-song — …   Useful english dictionary

  • PLAIN-SONG AND MEDIAEVAL MUSIC SOCIETY — английское общество, издающее, подобно Paléographie musicale (См.) фотографические факсимиле старинных литургических манускриптов (у Bern. Quaritsch в Лондоне) …   Музыкальный словарь Римана

  • Plain — Plain, a. [Compar. {Plainer}; superl. {Plainest}.] [F., level, flat, fr. L. planus, perhaps akin to E. floor. Cf. {Llano}, {Piano}, {Plan}, {Plane} level, a level surface.] 1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plain battle — Plain Plain, a. [Compar. {Plainer}; superl. {Plainest}.] [F., level, flat, fr. L. planus, perhaps akin to E. floor. Cf. {Llano}, {Piano}, {Plan}, {Plane} level, a level surface.] 1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English