simplex
(SIM-pleks)


[Lat., simple]


A term used in Medieval theory which covered a variety of specific meanings, but in each case it had the implication of a simple as opposed to a more complex item. "simplices conductus" implied a monophonic composition, "simplex organum" implied simple as opposed to composite organum, "simplex breve" implied that the breve should be of a regular, unlengthened duration, etc.


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