Descant

Originally, a descant was a double song; a melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor; a variation of an air; a variation by ornament of the main subject or plain song. The term is also applied to the upper voice in a part of music and also to the canto, cantus, or soprano voice. The term has also been used synonymously with coun
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Descant

[magazine] Descant is a quarterly literary magazine publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world. It was established in 1970 as a mimeograph. Based in Toronto, Descant usually publishes issues revolving around a central theme, or focusing on a single artist. It won two Honourable Me
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descant

[n] - a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody 2. [v] - sing in descant 3. [v] - talk at great length about something of one`s interest
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Descant

Des'cant (dĕs'kănt) noun [ Old French descant , deschant , French déchant , discant , Late Latin discantus , from Latin dis + cantus singing, melody, from canere to sing. See Chant , and confer Descant ,
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Descant

Des·cant' (dĕs*kănt') intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Descanted ; present participle & verbal noun Descanting .] [ From descant ; noun ; or directly from Old French descanter , desch
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descant

discant noun a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
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descant

verb sing in descant
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Descant

• (v. i.) To sing a variation or accomplishment. • (v. i.) A discourse formed on its theme, like variations on a musical air; a comment or comments. • (v. i.) The upper voice in part music. • (v. i.) Originally, a double song; a melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor; a variation of an air; a variation by
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descant

(from Latin discantus, `song apart`), countermelody either composed or improvised above a familiar melody. Descant can also refer to an instrument of ... [1 related articles]
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Descant

Descant or discantus can refer to several different things in music, depending on the period in question; etymologically, the word means a voice (cantus) above or removed from others. A discant (occasionally, particularly later, written descant) is a form of medieval music in which one singer sang a fixed melody, and others accompanied with improv
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