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cantus

Subject: Music

(Lat.). ‘Song’, ‘melody’.

The term has been used more specifically to denote the highest voice-part in a polyphonic work; see part (1).

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
23 words

...cantus (Lat.). ‘Song’, ‘melody’. The term has been used more specifically to denote the highest voice-part in a polyphonic work; see part (1)...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
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19 words

... [ Lat .] Song. In the 16th and 17th cents. applied to the uppermost v. in choral...

cantus choralis

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
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14 words

... choralis see chorale . For cantus figuratus, cantus mensuratus , and cantus planus , see plainsong...

cantus firmus

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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62 words

... firmus ( cantus prius factus ) Borrowed melody, sacred or secular, set in *polyphony in slow note values in the tenor line. These pieces could be humble, elaborate (for example, *Busnoys ’s Missa L’ * homme armé , based on a popular tune), or grandiose political *motets (for example, *Du Fay ’s Nuper rosarum flores ). Richard Freedman E. Sparks , Cantus Firmus in Mass and Motet ...

cantus coronatus

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
61 words

... coronatus Literally ‘crowned song’, although the exact meaning may lie anywhere from an awarded song to a mode of performance. Johannes de *Grocheio ( c .1300 ) uses the expression, and a few * trouvère chansonniers apply it to a dozen songs. John Haines H. van der Werf and W. Frobenius , ‘ Cantus coronatus ’, Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie , ed. H. H. Eggebrecht ...

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
27 words

...cantus coronatus (Lat., ‘crowned song’). A medieval term for a type of embellished trouvère song, perhaps so called because it or its composer had won a...

cantus fractus

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Ian Rumbold

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
31 words

...cantus fractus (Lat., ‘broken song’). A rhythmicized form of plainchant used in the 15th century, particularly for new melodies for the Credo and certain antiphon, sequence, and hymn texts. Ian...

cantus firmus

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David Fallows

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
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809 words

...dominated the treatment of cantus firmi from the time of Philippe de Vitry to that of Josquin. Although the cantus firmus usually appeared in the tenor part (on the Continent this was the lowest, but in England it was frequently the middle of three parts), there were alternatives. Around 1400 the English developed a custom of moving the cantus firmus melody between the parts; this is often described as a ‘migrant’ cantus firmus and the Old Hall Manuscript contains many examples. Another possibility was to place the cantus firmus in the highest voice and...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
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53 words

... firmus [ Lat .] Fixed song. A melody, usually taken from plainsong, used by composers in 14th–17th cents. as the basis of a polyphonic comp. and against which other tunes are set in counterpoint. Also, in 16th cent., the upper v.‐line of a choir. Sometimes referred to as canto fermo . see conductus...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
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Language reference
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26 words

... noun plural cantus L16 Latin (= song). Early Music A song, a melody, especially in church music. Also, the highest voice in a polyphonic...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
39 words
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Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: Latin-English (3 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries, Classical studies
Length:
13 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
15 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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29 words
cantus firmus

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
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Language reference
Length:
16 words

... firmus noun phrase plural cantus firmi M19 Medieval Latin (= firm song). Music canto fermo...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
66 words
cantus firmus

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
32 words
cantus firmus

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
55 words
cantus

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(Lat.). ‘Song’, ‘melody’.The term has been used more specifically to denote the highest voice-part in a polyphonic work; see part (1).
Cantu

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
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35 words

... US frequency (2010): 49126 Italian ( Cantú ) and Hispanic (mainly Mexico): habitational name from Cantù in Lombardy. Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Jose, Juan, Manuel, Jesus, Carlos, Ruben, Raul, Jorge, Arturo, Ricardo, Pedro,...

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