ars nova

ars no·​va | \ -ˈnōvə \

Definition of ars nova

: the style of musical composition of the late middle ages and especially of the 14th century contrasted with ars antiqua

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History and Etymology for ars nova

Medieval Latin, new art

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“Ars nova.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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