Definition of musica reservata in US English:

musica reservata

noun

Music
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

musica reservata

/ˌmjuːzɪkə ˌrɛzəˈvɑːtə/