One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A secular song with three or more voice parts, typically unaccompanied, and homophonic rather than contrapuntal in style.
- ‘The type of music would range from Bach to Beatles, part-songs, madrigals, folksongs, anthems, carols, show choruses - in fact anything which can be sung in four-part harmony.’
- ‘Their aurally-developed harmonic style owed a great deal to both Church of England hymnody and the amateur part-songs of the Victorian ‘glee clubs.’’
- ‘Gradually part-songs were more likely to be performed by choirs instead of soloists.’
- ‘But this re-issue features solo songs, part-songs and canonic works in a variety of styles.’
- ‘Instrumental tutors were published and glees (simple part-songs for male voices) became popular.’
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