stile antico

noun sti·le an·ti·co \ ˈstē-lā-än-ˈtē-kō \

Definition of stile antico

:the standard polyphonic style of 16th-century church music especially as employed in the 17th century
  • Most Spanish composers defended the purity and aptness of the stile antico for sacred texts.
  • —Julie Anne SadieCompanion to Baroque Music1998
— compare stile moderno

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First Known Use of stile antico

1897


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