Definition of stile moderno
: the innovative style of 17th-century musical composition in Europe characterized especially by the use of monody (see monody 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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