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This excerpt frae J.S. Bach's Baroque muisic era motet, enteetled Der Geist (BWV226), shaws hou the sangster is asked tae sang mony different notes on the same syllable o text, a composeetional approach cried a melisma.

In wastren muisic, a motet is a mainly vocal muisical composeetion, o heichly varied form an style, frae the late medieval era tae the present. The motet wis ane o the pre-eminent polyphonic forms o Renaissance muisic. Accordin tae Margaret Bent, "a piece o muisic in several pairts wi words" is as precise a defineetion o the motet as will serve frae the 13t tae the late 16t century an yont.[1]

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  1. Margaret Bent, "The Late-Medieval Motet" in Companion to Medieval & Renaissance Music, edited by Tess Knighton and David Fallows, 114–19 (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1992): 114. ISBN 9780520210813.