early music

music of the medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods, especially revived and played on period instruments; European music after ancient music and before the classical music era, from the beginning of the Middle Ages to about 1750.

early-music, adjective
early musician, noun
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early music
1.  music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, sometimes also including music of the baroque and early classical periods
2.  of or denoting an approach to musical performance emphasizing the use of period instruments and historically researched scores and playing techniques: the early-music movement

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Example sentences
The form around which much of the early music developed, the blues, was a simple twelve-bar phrase.
The quartet brings to life the brilliance of early music through artful historical performances in period costumes.
His interest in early music dates back to his high school days when he considered majoring in music.
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