descant

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Synonyms for descant

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

sing in descant

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sing by changing register

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talk at great length about something of one's interest

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how the discantus serves as the priman means for musically expressing the text (while exploring vexing problems of differing text underlay in the sources), and variants in the tenor and particularly the contratenor--demonstrated in an oddly textless, comparative transcription of piece With the variant tenor readings in m.
make up the opening notes of the primus discantus part, with underlying harmonies of D major, A major, and C minor (p.
Curtis has also created a newly composed discantus to complete the movement--a musically sensitive solution that clearly refers to the top voices of the Credo and Sanctus.
In dealing with the number of voices Fallows sensibly indicates that, unless otherwise stated, the songs are for three voices with text only in the discantus (p.
A title page (if one was issued for the discantus partbook) is lacking, and the publication remains as yet unidentified.