Definition of antiphonal in English:
(Of music, especially church music, or a section of a church liturgy) sung, recited, or played alternately by two groups.
- The composer adapts the antiphonal structure by alternating sections of linear two-voice writing with those of chordal textures, the latter serving as multiple refrains.
- Additional material found in certain psalters includes refrains used for antiphonal psalmody and appendices containing canticles or other sacred writings.
- The historic music of that antiphonal chorus needs to be heard, and remembered.
nounBack to top
another term for antiphonary.
- This is of course very unique and only very few places have it, but here the antiphonal is in the back of the sanctuary.
- Many of these manuscripts are religious in nature; in addition to Bibles, antiphonals, and other liturgical books, the Walters possesses one of the finest collections of medieval illuminated Books of Hours in the world.
- A magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Amanda Nelson's first appearance in the public eye came when she discovered two 15th century antiphonals (chant books) in the archives of the university.
- Example sentences
- In the double motets, the two choirs are arranged antiphonally.
- These rendered plainchant in unison (the boys, where available, singing an octave above the men), either as a body or antiphonally across the choir.
- The best effects were achieved in Ignatio Donati's O Gloriosa Domina, where the cornetto was placed, antiphonally, in the upper gallery of the church, behind the audience.
Definition of antiphonal in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.