Definition of conductus in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈdʌktəs/

noun (plural conducti /kənˈdʌktʌɪ/)

A musical setting of a metrical Latin text, of the 12th or 13th century.
Example sentences
  • Another class of sacred song in exactly the same style as the Sicilian conductus has a text wherein were introduced the closing words of Matins, Lauds, and Vespers: ‘Benedicamus Domino’, ‘Deo gratias’.
  • In this song, Ave, clari generic Dulcis Magdalena, the music is a conductus from Notre-Dame, a wonderful piece of three-part polyphony which receives a superb performance [listen - track 3, 1: 37-2.39].
  • Where the first piece was strophic and simple, the second had a short text and featured long and complicated melismatic passages, which sounded more like a medieval motet than a typical conductus.


From medieval Latin, from Latin conducere 'bring together' (see conduct).

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