Definition of part song in US English:

part song


  • An unaccompanied secular song with three or more voice parts, typically homophonic rather than contrapuntal in style.

    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘But this re-issue features solo songs, part-songs and canonic works in a variety of styles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instrumental tutors were published and glees (simple part-songs for male voices) became popular.’
    • ‘Gradually part-songs were more likely to be performed by choirs instead of soloists.’