Florid music, or all church music that is not Plainsong, or its Lutheran equivalent the chorale-melody.
Descant in music is the melodious accompaniment to a simple theme, the plainsong or ground.
There was a chapel in the house, of a High Anglican kind, where vestments and incense were used, and plainsong sung.
He appears familiar with the plainsong, and has based a symphony and portions of a quartet on Gregorian modes.
And Winchester, too, has all and more than all, the surprise of the plainsong; the better you know it the more you are impressed.
It is therefore of some interest to find that in 1548 the Master at Giggleswick had a knowledge of plainsong as well as grammar.