- 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
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can•tus fir•mus (kan′təs fûr′məs),USA pronunciation
Music and Dancethe ancient traditional unisonal plainchant of the Christian Church, having its form set and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical tradition.
Music and Dancea fixed melody to which other voices are added, typically in polyphonic treatment.
- Medieval Latin: literally, firm song
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canto fermo /ˈkæntəʊ ˈfɜːməʊ/, cantus firmus /ˈkæntəs ˈfɜːməs/ n
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