stile antico


sti·​le an·​ti·​co ˈstē-lā-än-ˈtē-kō How to pronounce stile antico (audio)
: 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 Sadie, Companion to Baroque Music, 1998
compare stile moderno

Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stile antico was in 1897

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“Stile antico.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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