motet definition

  • noun:
    • A polyphonic composition according to a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment.
    • A composition adapted to sacred words into the elaborate polyphonic chapel style; an anthem.
    • A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.
    • In music:
    • A vocal structure in somewhat strict polyphonic style, having a Biblical or comparable prose text, and meant to be sung in a church service.
    • Any vocal work with balance designed for used in a church solution; an anthem.
    • an unaccompanied choral structure with sacred words; designed to be sung as an element of a church service; originated from the 13th century

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