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musica ficta

[myoo-zi-kuh fik-tuh; Latin moo-si-kah fik-tah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɪk tə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɪk tɑ/
the use of chromatically altered tones in the contrapuntal music of the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Also, musica falsa
[myoo-zi-kuh fawl-suh; Latin moo-si-kah fahl-sah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɔl sə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɑl sɑ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of musica ficta
First recorded in 1795-1805, musica ficta is from the Medieval Latin word mūsica ficta, literally, fashioned music Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The latter is 'feigned' music, or musica ficta, which at this time was the art of dislocating the 'Mi,' so as to change the key.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor

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