Music Term: Ars antiqua ("old art"), also "ars vetus"
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Ars antiqua ("old art"), also "ars vetus"


Definition and background:

a term used in the fourteenth century to refer to the "old style" typical of twelfth-century Notre Dame organum and of the thirteenth-century motet and conductus. Characteristics include the predominance of triple meter and a limited rhythmic vocabulary.



For more information on the music term "Ars antiqua ("old art"), also "ars vetus"" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary





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