stile moderno

sti·​le mo·​der·​no | \ ˈstē-lā-mō-ˈder-nō How to pronounce stile moderno (audio) \

Definition of stile moderno

: the innovative style of 17th-century musical composition in Europe characterized especially by the use of monody (see monody sense 4a), continuo, and relative freedom of dissonance treatment Thus a simple declamatory or recitative style, commonly referred to as the stile moderno, was eventually employed for the narratives and the dialogues between the protagonists.— Nancy Kovaleff Baker and Barbara Russano Hanning, Musical Humanism and Its Legacy, 1992 — compare stile antico

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First Known Use of stile moderno

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Stile moderno.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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