Definition of musica ficta in English:

musica ficta

Line breaks: mu¦sica ficta
Pronunciation: /ˌmjuːzɪkə ˈfɪktə


[mass noun] Music
  • (In early contrapuntal music) the introduction by a performer of sharps, flats, or other accidentals to avoid unacceptable intervals.
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    • 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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