isorhythm

[ ahy-suh-rith-uh m ]
/ ˈaɪ səˌrɪð əm /

noun Music.

a structural feature characteristic of the Ars Nova motet, consisting of a single rhythmic phrase pattern repeated, usually in the tenor, throughout the composition.

Origin of isorhythm

First recorded in 1950–55; iso- + rhythm

Related forms

i·so·rhyth·mic, adjectivei·so·rhyth·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for isorhythmic

isorhythmic

/ (ˌaɪsəˈrɪðmɪk) /

adjective

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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