antiphonal

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

Definition of antiphonal

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antiphonal

adjective

Definition of antiphonal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Adjective

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

Examples of antiphonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Streamed concerts by Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO offer both intimacy and brilliance," 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, "Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer," 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, "Review: Summer Singers may have the hope and harmony you need," 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, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 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, "Milwaukee Symphony stirs brilliant waves in 'Become Ocean'," 8 Apr. 2018 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, "Review: Summer Singers may have the hope and harmony you need," 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, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 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, "Milwaukee Symphony stirs brilliant waves in 'Become Ocean'," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of antiphonal

Noun

1537, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiphonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiphonal. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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