Canto-fermo



noun
a melody that is the basis to which other parts are added in polyphonic music
the traditional plainchant as prescribed by use and regulation in the Christian Church
Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6 Various
Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3 Various
Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History Thomas Carlyle

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