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cantus firmus definition

  • noun:
    • A preexisting melody used because the foundation of a polyphonic structure, especially in 14th- and 15th-century polyphony.
    • a melody utilized once the basis for a polyphonic structure
    • A preexisting melody made use of as the foundation of a polyphonic composition, especially in 14th- and 15th-century polyphony.
    • a melody utilized as the foundation for a polyphonic composition
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