Definition of Motet

1. Noun. An unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century.

Definition of Motet

1. n. A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.

Definition of Motet

1. Noun. A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem. ¹

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Definition of Motet

1. a type of choral composition [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Motet

motel room
motet (current term)
moth-eaten alopecia
moth bean
moth miller
moth mullein
moth orchid
moth patch

Literary usage of Motet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"He died in 1460. Like Dufay, he was a priest and canon of Mons. From 1435 to 1480 the motet was treated by such masters as Carón, ..."

2. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1910)
"HP HE anthem is to the Anglican Church what the •*• motet has always been to the ... It now signifies a musical composition, or sacred motet, usually set to ..."

3. Music Notation and Terminology by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1914)
"A motet is a sacred choral composition in contrapuntal style. ... The motet is intended for a capella performance, but is often given with organ ..."

4. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the by American Bible Society (1870)
"CHAPTER XL. EXODUS. 1 The tabernacle it commanded to bt r anointed. 13 Aaron and hit tons t fed. 16 motet performeth all thin ingly. ..."

5. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1907)
"exercised so unhealthy an influence upon the Mass, the composer of the motet felt bound to give his whole attention to a careful rendering of the words, ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"motet (from the French) formerly signified a studied composition ... At present, the name of motet is given to every composition set to Latin words; ..."

7. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"... inner tube from the breech to the trunnions, after which they gradually decrease in number to one at the muzzle. The inner tube, in the motet Fig. 3. ..."

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