mensural music

variants: or less commonly mensurable music

Definition of mensural music

: polyphonic music principally of the 13th to 16th century written in mensural notation — compare plainsong

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First Known Use of mensural music

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mensural music

translation of Medieval Latin musica mensurabilis

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The first known use of mensural music was in 1609

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