Pronunciation: (kan'tus fûr'mus), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/cantus-firmus.html on line 77 [key]
1. the ancient traditional unisonal plainchant of the Christian Church, having its form set and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical tradition.
2. Music.a fixed melody to which other voices are added, typically in polyphonic treatment.
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