mo·​tet | \ mō-ˈtet How to pronounce motet (audio) \

Definition of motet

: a polyphonic choral composition on a sacred text usually without instrumental accompaniment

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The program of motets should sound especially stunning in Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 2018 His 1925 double-choir motet is suffused with the lush reticence of the Anglican choral tradition., "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 The concert will be broken into four different sets, where each set has one Pärt and one to three of Gesualdo’s motets. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Kantorei to bring rule-breaking choral music to St. Peter’s," 16 Sep. 2017 The motets, instrumental sonata and smaller Psalm settings suffered less in this regard, but the reverberation reduced the bigger choral sections to a round blur and tended to smooth out dynamic contrasts. John Von Rhein,, "Lincoln Center chamber society, Bella Voce off to strong season starts," 25 Oct. 2017 Classical music, for example, has a history of using Latin in liturgical motets like Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate. Sylvia Varnham O'regan, The Atlantic, "Can a Thrash Metal Band Help Save the Maori Language?," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of motet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motet

Middle English, from Middle French, diminutive of mot

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