Cantio sacra (Lat.: ‘sacred song’)
- Owen Rees
(Lat.: ‘sacred song’)
A name for the motet during the 16th and 17th centuries, as, for example, in Johannes de Cleve’s Cantiones sacrae, quae vulgo muteta vocantur (1559) and Andrea Gabrieli’s Sacrae cantiones vulgo motecta appellatae (1565). The term is also used in Scheidt’s Tabulatura nova (1624) for keyboard chorales....