Canto fermo


Canto fermo
Canto Can"to, n.; pl. {Cantos}. [It. canto, fr. L. cantus singing, song. See {Chant}.] 1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano. [1913 Webster]

{Canto fermo}[It.] (Mus.), the plain ecclesiastical chant in cathedral service; the plain song. [1913 Webster]


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