Discant [descant, descaunt(e), deschant, deschaunt(e), dyscant; verb: discanten] (Middle Eng., from Lat. discantus: ‘singing apart’; verb: discantare; Old Fr. deschant, descant; verb: deschanter)
- Rudolf Flotzinger,
- Ernest H. Sanders
- and Peter M. Lefferts
A type of medieval polyphony having a plainchant tenor, characterized by essentially note-against-note, contrary movement between the voices and the interchange of the consonances octave, 5th and 4th. In the 12th and 13th centuries it was further characterized by the use of the Rhythmic modes...