Trope(i) (Gk. tropos: ‘turn’, ‘turn of phrase’; Lat. tropus)
- Alejandro Enrique Planchart
Name given from the 9th century onwards to a number of closely related genres consisting essentially of additions to pre-existing chants. Three types of addition are found: (1) that of a musical phrase, a melisma without text (unlabelled or called trope in the sources); (2) that of a text to a pre-existing melisma (most frequently called ...