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A style of 16th-cent. music characterized by heightened expressiveness, usually employing mannerist and chromatic techniques to intensify the imagery and emotion of the words in singing.
1940s; earliest use found in Willi Apel (b. 1893). From post-classical Latin musica reservata from classical Latin mūsica + reservāta, feminine of reservātus, past participle of reservāre.
musica reservata/ˌmjuːzɪkə ˌrɛzəˈvɑːtə/
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