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  • Joseph Dyer


In antiquity and the Middle Ages ‘cantor’ (also psalmista) was the generic term for a singer of sacred or secular music (Greek, psaltēs; Slavonic, pievets). Unlike lectors, cantors were not normally listed among the lower clerical orders that might lead to diaconal or priestly ordination. Nevertheless, Isidore of Seville (...

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Plainsong and Medieval Music
Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie
Early Music History