new music (Ger. Neue Musik). Term which periodically recurs in the history of mus., e.g. (1) ars nova of 14th cent. (2) nuove musiche of 17th cent. when new monodic style transformed the art. In 1602 G. Caccini pubd. Le nuove musiche (The New Musics) containing arias and madrigals with monodic recitative. (3) The mus. of Liszt, Wagner, and their followers from c.1850, compared with the ‘traditional’ Brahms. (4) In 20th cent., atonal and elec. mus.
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