Definition of plainchant in English:



  • another term for plainsong
    • ‘The German term originally signified a plainchant melody sung chorally, but from the late 16th century its meaning was widened to include vernacular hymns.’
    • ‘The main theme of this movement is the Dies Irae from the medieval plainchant.’
    • ‘The plainchant was delivered faultlessly, and gave a flavour of the complementary timbres of the male voices.’
    • ‘The service is fleshed out with short organ pieces and improvisations, and the plainchant used at St Mark's at Christmas; it provides the perfect framework for the music by two of the formidable masters of music at San Marco.’
    • ‘But the text of Rex tremendae is part of the Dies irae sequence, not the other way round, and there is no trace of the Dies irae plainchant in Mozart's setting.’