Leader of congregational singing in liturgy. Also, the soloist( s) who sings the verses in a chanted responsory, or alternating verses in a responsorial performance of a chanted psalm, or the incipit (beginning) of any chant. In early polyphony, the term referred to the singer of the cantus firmus as opposed to the discantor who sang the counterpoint.
   In Germany, after the Reformation the cantor (Kantor) of a large city church was a highly esteemed personage, in charge of all the liturgical music, the musical training of the youth, and often of their general education as well as of important civic musical events.
   See also Bach, Johann Sebastian; Hazan.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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