Songs and Singing
antiphonal a collection of antiphons, hymns, or psalms sung in alternating parts. balladism the writing or singing of ballads. — balladist, n. choristry the singing of a choir. hymnology 1. the composing of hymns. 2. the study of the origins, development, and use of hymns. 3. Obsolete, the performing of hymns. madrigal 1. a part song for several voices making much use of contrapuntal imitation. 2. a lyric poem suitable for setting to music, usually with love as a theme. —madrigalist, n. melismatics the practice of composing phrases of several notes to be sung on one syllable of text, as in plainsong. minstrelsy 1. the art of minstrels. 2. their occupation. 3. a group of minstrels. 4. a collection of their music and songs. myriologue an improvised funeral song, composed for the dead and sung by women in modern Greece. —myriologist, n. —myriologic, myriological, adj.