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Cantor

Joseph Dyer

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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In antiquity and the Middle Ages the generic term for a singer of sacred or secular music. In monasteries and cathedrals the office of cantor grew to include responsibility for the supervision of the liturgy and the training of young singers (see Decani and cantoris); in secular cathedrals of the Middle Ages the cantor directed the choir and ranked second in the chapter. Organum treatises of the period assign the term cantor to

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Subjects: Music

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