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early music

music of the medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods, especially revived and played on period instruments; European music after ancient music and before the classical music era, from the beginning of the Middle Ages to about 1750.
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early-music, adjective
early musician, noun Unabridged
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  • Then follows a discussion of song-poems and of the early music to which they were set.

  • And surely with such changes as are implied in that past tense some of the notes of life's early music are silenced forever.

    The Book of Christmas Thomas K. Hervey
  • In addition she had to practice many a piece of early music which he wished to hear for his work.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for early music

early music

music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, sometimes also including music of the baroque and early classical periods
of or denoting an approach to musical performance emphasizing the use of period instruments and historically researched scores and playing techniques: the early-music movement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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