Definition of musica ficta in English:

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musica ficta

Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞ozikə ˈfiktə/


(In early contrapuntal music) the introduction by a performer of sharps, flats, or other accidentals to avoid unacceptable intervals.
Example sentences
  • Two of the most famous authors of this period, Walter Odington and Philippe de Vitry, do not approach musica ficta from the standpoint of attraction accidentals.
  • That's what so-called ‘musica ficta’ threatens to do to Ockeghem, Busnoys, Josquin, and Gombert.


Early 19th century: Latin, literally 'feigned music'.

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Syllabification: mu·si·ca fic·ta

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