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isorhythm

[ahy-suh-rith-uh m]
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noun Music.
  1. a structural feature characteristic of the Ars Nova motet, consisting of a single rhythmic phrase pattern repeated, usually in the tenor, throughout the composition.
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Origin of isorhythm

First recorded in 1950–55; iso- + rhythm
Related formsi·so·rhyth·mic, adjectivei·so·rhyth·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for isorhythmic

isorhythmic

adjective
  1. music (of medieval motets) having a cantus firmus that is repeated according to a strict system of internal reiterated note values
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