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CANTO (from the Lat. cantus, a song)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 218 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CANTO (from the Lat. cantus, a song), one of the divisions of a long poem, a convenient division when poetry was more usually sung by the minstrel to his own accompaniment than read. In music, the canto, iii a concerted piece, is that part to which theair is given. In modern music this is nearly always the soprano. The old masters, however, more frequently allotted it to the tenor. Canto fermo, or cantus Jirmus, is that part of the melody which remains true to the original motive, while the other parts vary with the counterpoint; also in Church music the simple straight-forward melody of the old chants as opposed to canto figurato, which is full of embellishments of a florid character (see PLAIN SONG).
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