an·​tiph·​o·​ny | \ an-ˈti-fə-nē How to pronounce antiphony (audio) \
plural antiphonies

Definition of antiphony

: responsive alternation between two groups especially of singers

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Recent Examples on the Web The Italian Jewish composer Salamone Rossi set Psalm 112 in Hebrew, in mainly chordal antiphony. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Exciting singing — maybe too consistently so — from the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of antiphony

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiphony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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