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general name for one-voiced, unaccompanied, liturgical music. Usually it refers to the liturgical melodies of the Byzantine, Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches and is analogous to cantillation in Jewish liturgical music, Qur'anic chanting in Islam, and single-line chanting in other religions. Roman Catholic chant, commonly called Gregorian chant or plainsongplainsong
or plainchant,
the unharmonized chant of the medieval Christian liturgies in Europe and the Middle East; usually synonymous with Gregorian chant, the liturgical music of the Roman Catholic Church.
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, is diatonic, modally organized (see modemode,
in music. 1 A grouping or arrangement of notes in a scale with respect to a most important note (in the pretonal modes of Western music, this note is called the final or finalis
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), and has a free rhythm determined by the text. Anglican chant is a harmonized, metrical adaptation to English texts of the Gregorian method of psalm singing, in which a short melody is adjusted to the length of different psalm verses by repeating one tone, the recitation tone, for any number of words in the text. The texts of Anglican chant, used in many Protestant churches, are from the Book of Common PrayerBook of Common Prayer,
title given to the service book used in the Church of England and in other churches of the Anglican Communion. The first complete English Book of Common Prayer was produced, mainly by Thomas Cranmer, in 1549 under Edward VI.
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chant

1. a simple song or melody
2. a short simple melody in which several words or syllables are assigned to one note, as in the recitation of psalms
3. a psalm or canticle performed by using such a melody
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Earlier, at Lahore airport despite heavy security several PML(N) workers forcibly managed to enter the airport which led to exchange of hot words between workers and airport security staffers and created chaotic situation and workers managed to reach arrival lounge whereas Gulu Butt along with workers chaunted slogans in favour of PML(N) leadership.
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A company of Prophets, of venerable hoariness, dressed in golden coats and mantles, with their heads covered and wrapped in gold and crimson, [who] sang with sweet harmony, bowing to the ground, a psalm of thanksgiving [...] Beneath the covering were the twelve kings, martyrs and confessors of the succession of England, their loins girded with golden girdles, sceptres in their hands, and crowns on their heads, who chaunted with one accord at the King's approach in a sweet tune [...].
The people of that state are republicans; but hitherto they have heard nothing but The [sic] hymns and lauds chaunted by Fenno." (22) Later, insisting that Massachusetts' citizens were "republican," Jefferson observed that, despite Ames' reelection, its voters had also elected a Democratic-Republican to Congress, one who echoed the views of "the mass of the state, and who will fulfil [sic] the only object needed, that of carrying back to the faithful accounts of what is doing here [i.e., at the nation's capital, Philadelphia]." He optimistically concluded, "This they have never had, and it is all they need." (23)
I shall not easily forget the quaint figure of Joby and his shrill quavering voice, and the way in which he solemnly raised his arm and slowly let it fall as he chaunted the refrain 'God zave Joan'....
At length, however, large emigrations of our German brethren settled amongst us; again our old customs have conquered and the sweet voices of our ladies are seldom heard; but we have so far prevailed as to continue to this day, the following beautiful melodies: the 29th Psalm [Mizmor Ledavid] which is chaunted as the procession slowly proceeds to deposit the Sepher Torah in the ark; also Ein Kelohenu and after the service is concluded none attempt to quit their seats until the beautiful hymn Adon Olam ...
Her clothes spread wide, And mermaid-like a while they bore her up, Which time she chaunted snatches of old lauds, As one incapable of her own distress, Or like a creature native and indued Unto that element.