Plain song

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plain song The Gregorian chant, or canto fermo; the prescribed melody of the Roman Catholic service, sung in unison, in tones of equal length, and rarely extending beyond the compass of an octave
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Usage

In literature:

I may conclude then that the best of these simpler Plain-song tunes are very fit for congregational use.
"A Practical Discourse on Some Principles of Hymn-Singing" by Robert Bridges
The "plain song" of the remaining monks still rings with the fervour of simple, steadfast faith.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
So, as I cannot sing a song, Your answer, it is plain, was wrong.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
This we find in the pianoforte sonatas quite as plainly as in the songs themselves.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
But the tremendous passion of that Eastern plain-song would have offended these discreet walls.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Listening intently, they heard the voice of a man singing an old familiar plains song.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The music sounded like a song of sadness and plaining, and all who heard it were moved to tears.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Bear on thy wings, O whirlwind of the plain, The shouts of conquerors and songs of triumph!
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
The burden of that sad song, which found an echo in her own heart, told her too plainly that it could be only he.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
He heard quite plainly that some one behind his back was imitating his song in a thin piping voice.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by R. Nisbet Bain
When the wild tumult finally subsided, the warriors raised their voices in the war songs, and the sounds carried far across the plain.
"Three Sioux Scouts" by Elmer Russell Gregor
The Titianesque glow which illuminates the plain materials of Venetian song must not be looked for.
"Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
They were advancing slowly across the plain, singing their war songs, and shouting boastful threats against the Sioux.
"The War Trail" by Elmer Russell Gregor
The entire plain seems to ring with song, pitying Mazeppa in his suffering.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
No, it was the simple strains of the plain-song that they knew, understood and loved.
"A Short History of English Music" by Ernest Ford
Many sweet songs were sung, and the timely echoes from the Spirit world told us plainly that they were not afar off.
"The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism" by A. Leah Underhill
It is not the thin unity of plain-song; it is the rich, unity of dissimilar tones blended into a fugue.
"Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John" by William Alexander
The Slav speaks and sings about plain things plainly, but naturally, and not offensively when one understands the source of his song.
"On the Trail of The Immigrant" by Edward A. Steiner
But my singing is only plain singing: just a few old songs.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I have heard a song sparrow sing five or six different songs, standing all the time in plain sight on a fence.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

Sister spirit, listen!
Methinks I hear a song,
Resounding strangely, sadly,
These peaceful plains along.
"Joy in Heaven" by Henry Clay Work
`Now both himself and me he wrongs,
The man who thus complains!
I live and sing my idle songs
Upon these happy plains:
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy.
"Psalm 98 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Now ere the foreign singer thrills
Our vale his plain-song pipe he pours,
A herald of the million bills;
And heed him not, the loss is yours.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
And if she deign thy notes to hear,
And if she praise thy matin song,
Tell her the sounds that soothe her ear
To Damon's native plains belong.
"The Skylark" by William Shenstone
What! quoth she then, what is't that ails thee now?
It seems to me I sing as well as thou;
For mine's a song that is both true and plain,—
Although I cannot quaver so in vain
As thou dost in thy throat, I wot not how.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

In vivid 'Murder Songs,' violence stalks Canadian plains.
Popular song gained an indelible image in 1935, when Édith Piaf , France's fabled "Little Sparrow," first stood onstage in a plain black dress, a rat's nest of dark hair topping her weary eyes.
The Save the Plain Dealer Campaign Finally Has a Theme Song.
Our first reaction on learning the Save the Plain Dealer campaign has a folk song championing the cause: "Oh great, it's four minutes long.".
View full size Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer Country singer Josh Turner gave a four-song concert at the Cracker Barrel on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn on Monday.
Colorado kid Wesley Schultz sings, "I don't know where I belong./I know I can write a song" like a heart-on-sleeve high-plains drifter.
His rhyme 4 minutes in is just plain phenom THERE IS CURSING in this song so be forewarned.
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