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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} A chant (from French chanter<ref>Online Etymology Dictionary</ref>) is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two main pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases, such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song (forming one of the roots of later Western music).<ref>Stolba, K. Marie (1994). The Development of Western Music: A History, 2nd Ed. WCB, Iowa.</ref>


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