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A composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment

Common clues: Palestrina piece; Choral work; Church composition; Sacred song; A cappella composition

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 44383 / 86800

Video: Mozart Motet Part 1

In Western music, motet is a word that is applied to a number of highly varied choral musical compositions.

Johann Sebastian Bach also wrote six surviving works he called motets.

The name comes either from the Latin movere, ("to move") or a Latinized version of Old French mot, "word" or "verbal utterance." The Mediaeval Latin for "motet" is "motectum". If from the Latin, the name describes the movement of the different voices against one another.

According to Margaret Bent (1997), "'a piece of music in several parts with words' is as precise a definition of the motet as will serve from the thirteenth to the late sixteenth century and beyond. This is actually very close to one of the earliest descriptions we have, that of the late thirteenth-century theorist Johannes de Grocheio." Grocheio was also one of the first scholars to define a motet. Grocheio believed that the motet was "not intended for the vulgar who do not understand its finer points and derive no pleasure from hearing it: it is meant for educated people and those who look for refinement in art."

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MOTET (69) 16 We+ >1 09 Sacred song PSALM

9 We- >1 06 Choral composition

06 Sacred song sung a capella

4 Th >1 08 Choral piece

4 Th- >1 05 Choral work

3 We >1 00 Church composition

3 We- >1 06 Church music

3 Tu+ >1 90 Sacred composition

2 Tu >1 04 Church song PSALM

2 We CSy 08 Contrapuntal choral composition

2 Th LAT 08 Liturgical piece

2 Fr- >1 08 Liturgical song

2 Th >1 97 Palestrina piece

2 Th LAT 07 Sacred piece

1 We CSy 03 A cappella composition

1 Sa NYT 87 Bach art form

1 Fr NYT 98 Bach composition FUGUE SUITE

1 Fr CSy 07 Choral music composition

09 Church choral work


1 Th LAT 00 Musical form

1 Th NYT 93 Musical work PIECE

1 Mo NYT 57 Piece of music CHORD SHEET

1 Fr CSy 03 Polyphonic choral piece

1 We CSy 97 Polyphonic choral work

3 We+ >1 02 View from the French Riviera