con·​tra·​pun·​tal | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈpən-tᵊl How to pronounce contrapuntal (audio) \

Definition of contrapuntal

2 : of, relating to, or marked by counterpoint

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contrapuntally \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈpən-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce contrapuntally (audio) \ adverb

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Their contrapuntal skills and choral writing inspired Mozart. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mainly Mozart thrills with a rare Mozart cantata and a well-known violinist," 16 June 2019 Their insinuating, sensual lines unfold together, but the musical effect is not exactly contrapuntal: the two voices sound almost codependent. New York Times, "Review: A Long-Awaited New Opera Is a Raucous Beauty," 11 May 2018 Mejier beautifully translates their dancing contrapuntal complexity to the harp, and her playing is luminous, resonant, and graceful. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Lavinia Meijer rethinks the typically ornate sound of the harp for a minimalist repertoire," 5 June 2018 The abbreviation of the plays is more noticeable in the second part, which continues the contrapuntal movement between drama and comedy, royal duty and naughty frivolity. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Centuries’ worth of contrapuntal development that led to Bach’s sublime fugues and Bartok’s wondrous string quartets was seemingly discarded by the stroke of a musical anarchist. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 The music draws a listener in and then repays closer attention with a wealth of contrapuntal intricacy and rhythmic vitality. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: Elena Ruehr, String Quartets," 21 Mar. 2018 During more intense episodes, the instruments align into softly pungent chords or a bit of contrapuntal interplay. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Whispered Opera Requests Your Close-Up Attention," 25 Jan. 2018 The production by Matt Pierson gives the group a fuller, deeper sound, more like a rock band, and looping and other electronics effects allow the musicians to add bass lines, contrapuntal parts, and textures that weren't there when the group began. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills New York flugelhorn player John Raymond comes to Chicago with his cozily melodic trio," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of contrapuntal

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contrapuntal

Italian contrappunto counterpoint, from Medieval Latin contrapunctus — more at counterpoint

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