Neumatic

DEFINITION

Neumatic is a style of plainsong (such as Gregorian chanting) in which each syllable is sung as two to four notes. When writing neumatic plainsong, a symbol called a "neume" is used to denote the multiple notes sung for each syllable. <br><br>Opposite to the style of neumatic is the style of syllabic, in which each syllable is sung as only one note. Instead, the neumatic style is malismatic, in which on syllable has many notes. A song is neumatic if there are two to seven notes per syllable, although in practice some syllables in a neumatic chant will only receive one note.<br>

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