ars antiqua

noun
ars an·​ti·​qua | \ ¦ärˌsan‧ˈtēkwə, -rˌza- \

Definition of ars antiqua

: the style of musical composition before about 1300 and especially of the 13th century contrasted with ars nova

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History and Etymology for ars antiqua

Medieval Latin, old art

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“Ars antiqua.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ars%20antiqua. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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