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A Capella
Singing with no instrumental backing
anthem
song with English words used in English church services
antiphon
plainchant religious text sung before or after a psalm or canticle
avant-garde
composers pushing the boundaries, first used in Romantic era
canticle
song using Biblical text sung as a part of the liturgy
cantus firmus
base melody used for creating contrapuntal work
collect
short prayer in prayer book
communion
Protestant Mass
Compline
final church service of the day
concertato
17th century 'vocal concerto'
contrafactum
piece where original text has been replaced
creed
declaration of belief in liturgy
Evensong
English evening service
false relation
use of notes a semitone apart in different vocal parts e.g. B and Bb
falsobordone
2-part vocal piece where a third unnotated part sings the melody a 4th lower