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musique mesuree

(French: "measured music"), style of late 16th-century French vocal music in which the duration of the notes reflected the metre of the poetic text. Musique mesuree was one of several late 16th-century attempts to emulate the unity of verse and music supposedly achieved in classical antiquity. It was associated with vers mesures a l'antique, poetry written to classical quantitative metres (based on long and short syllables).

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