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1 The opening phrase of a plainsong melody, perhaps so called because it was often sung by the precentor alone, giving the pitch and (in the Psalms) the ‘tone’ of what was to follow.
2 The act of singing or playing in tune. Thus we speak of a singer or instrumentalist's ‘intonation’ as being good or bad.
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