an·​tiph·​o·​nal | \ an-ˈti-fə-nᵊl How to pronounce antiphonal (audio) \

Definition of antiphonal

 (Entry 1 of 2)



Definition of antiphonal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suggesting an antiphon or antiphony

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antiphonally \ an-​ˈti-​fə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce antiphonal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of antiphonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Extra musicians in the boxes next to the stage create antiphonal effects around the audience; electronics provide creepiness for the ghost scenes and others, while a chorus of eight singers in the pit adds an additional stratum of sound. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Electronic auras seem to swirl around the audience, aided by the two antiphonal groups in the balcony boxes on either side of the proscenium — each with a percussionist, clarinetist and trumpeter. New York Times, 15 May 2022 The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s string sound, with antiphonal violins and cellos seated near the very center of the stage, was richly integrated and balanced., 9 Aug. 2021 Hence, intimacy was the order of the evening, beginning with music director Osmo Vänskä conducting three antiphonal Renaissance brass works by Giovanni Gabrieli. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 18 Jan. 2021 Though their overall character is reverent and restrained, the antiphonal back-and-forth between small choirs of voices and various batteries of instruments seems unabashedly Venetian. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 That said, the concert actually started with something very old: an antiphonal Renaissance-era work by Hans Leo Hassler that the 26-member chamber choir sang while surrounding the audience on three sides. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 21 July 2019 The Mass is led by a priest, the Celebrant, who is joined, and sometimes assaulted, by a chorus of street kids, dancers, syncopated jazz, rock, and several other forces, in frenzied antiphonal bursts, questioning the necessity of faith. David Denby, The New Yorker, 16 June 2018 The trumpets and horns, facing off on opposite sides of the ensemble, created an energetic, pealing, antiphonal effect in the final hornpipe. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2018 See More

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1537, in the meaning defined above


1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiphonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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