Plainsong

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For other uses, see Plainsong (disambiguation).

Broadly speaking, plainsong is the name given to the body of traditional songs used in the liturgies of the Catholic Church. The liturgies of the Orthodox Church, though in many ways similar, are generally not classified as plainsong, though the musical form is nearly as old as Christendom itself.

Plainsong is monophonic, and is in free rather than measured rhythm.

Gregorian Chant is a variety of plainsong that was standardized by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century CE.

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  • OCM plainsong (http://www.ubmail.ubalt.edu/~pfitz/play/ref/plainsng.htm)
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