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musica ficta

[myoo-zi-kuh fik-tuh; Latin moo-si-kah fik-tah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɪk tə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɪk tɑ/
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the use of chromatically altered tones in the contrapuntal music of the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Also, musica falsa
[myoo-zi-kuh fawl-suh; Latin moo-si-kah fahl-sah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɔl sə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɑl sɑ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of musica ficta
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin mūsica ficta, literally, fashioned music
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  • The latter is 'feigned' music, or musica ficta, which at this time was the art of dislocating the 'Mi,' so as to change the key.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor

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