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Like ‘faburden’ a puzzling term because at different periods used with different significances, chief of which are as follows: (1) A term, usually spelt discant, for a form of the 12th cent. part‐writing known as organum. (2) A part extemporized by a singer to a non‐extemporized part sung by another singer. (3) The art of composing or singing part‐music. (4) The soprano part in choral music. (5) In modern hymn singing, a freely written or improvised soprano part added to a hymn tune while the tune itself is sung by the rest of the choir or by the congregation.

(1) A term, usually spelt discant, for a form of the 12th cent. part‐writing known as organum. (2) A part extemporized by a singer to a non‐extemporized part sung by another singer. (3) The art of composing or singing part‐music. (4) The soprano part in choral music. (5) In modern hymn singing, a freely written or improvised soprano part added to a hymn tune while the tune itself is sung by the rest of the choir or by the congregation.

Subjects: Music.


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