(from Fr. rapporter, to carry back).
In 17th‐cent. mus. parlance, ‘report’ was equivalent of ‘imitation’. It meant the re‐introduction, by one v. or part, of a melodic phrase just heard from another. In the Scottish Psalter of 1635 some tunes are headed ‘Heere are some Psalmes in Reports’. These are subjected to motet or anthem‐like treatment.