prima prattica


pri·​ma prat·​tica ¦prē-mä-prä-¦tē-kä How to pronounce prima prattica (audio)
variants or prima pratica
: the standard musical practice of 16th-century polyphony in Europe
The Kyrie II is composed in the old Renaissance style, the prima prattica, the purely contrapuntal, a remote and mysterious sacred sound recalling the effect and compositional style of Palestrina's Masses.George J. Buelow, A History of Baroque Music, 2004
compare seconda prattica

Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prima prattica was in 1932

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