early music

  1. 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.

Origin of early music

First recorded in 1885–90

Other words from early music

  • early-music, adjective
  • early musician, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for early music

early music

  1. music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, sometimes also including music of the baroque and early classical periods

  1. 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

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