contrapuntal

adjective
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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Other Words from contrapuntal

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

Examples of contrapuntal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Voices of a surveyor, a geologist, a nurse, a government official and a writer intertwined as though contrapuntal voices in a Bach fugue or suite. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Glenn Gould’s decades-old radio documentaries still resonate. Podcasters, take note," 22 Apr. 2020 Violinist Robyn Ballinger was most impressive in the sunny Prelude from Violin Partita No. 3, a constant stream of running notes from which contrapuntal lines emerged. Washington Post, "The Knights weave old and new in concert of surprises at Dumbarton Oaks," 3 Dec. 2019 Rather, there’s an orchestration of contrapuntal harmonies. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 2019 With his gestures, Widmann underscored Mozart checking off various contrapuntal tricks, inverting his subject and layering its entrances closely in stretto. Washington Post, "Irish Chamber Orchestra and its enthusiastic conductor put on a show at the Library of Congress," 21 Nov. 2019 Soprano Claron McFadden condemned the vanity of this contrapuntal endeavor with words from Ecclesiastes, her silvery, controlled voice negotiating Widmann’s extremely high writing. Washington Post, "Irish Chamber Orchestra and its enthusiastic conductor put on a show at the Library of Congress," 21 Nov. 2019 The show’s curators, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni, have installed Mr. Haacke’s sometimes dry work with contrapuntal elegance, mixing pieces from across decades. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Hans Haacke, at the New Museum, Takes No Prisoners," 30 Oct. 2019 One of the main challenges of the suites involves projecting the music’s contrapuntal textures. New York Times, "Anner Bylsma, Eminent Cellist With an Ear for the Past, Dies at 85," 8 Aug. 2019 One of the main challenges of the suites involves projecting the music’s contrapuntal textures. New York Times, "Anner Bylsma, Eminent Cellist With an Ear for the Past, Dies at 85," 8 Aug. 2019

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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 entry 1

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“Contrapuntal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrapuntal. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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