Definition of contrapuntal in English:


Line breaks: contra|pun¦tal
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntrəˈpʌnt(ə)l


  • Of or in counterpoint.
    More example sentences
    • Generally, they are more lyrical and less contrapuntal than their German counterparts.
    • One would expect this in something like the early Passacaglia, a contrapuntal Baroque form in which a set of variations occurs over a repeating bass.
    • One finds this mirrored in the antiphonies between orchestral groups in a huge, highly contrapuntal gigue.



More example sentences
  • As with everything Thomson wrote, the Stabat Mater is contrapuntally spare and open.
  • These are traditionally more elaborate contrapuntally and are often accompanied by organ.
  • However, it's also the most contrapuntally stunning on the disc.


More example sentences
  • Magnard himself was a natural contrapuntist, often seeming wilfully to shun the blandishments of orchestral colour.
  • Ever since I was a boy, I've been fascinated by the great contrapuntists from Palestrina to Bach.
  • What a marvelous contrapuntist he is, I think one of finest piano contrapuntists of the romantic period.


mid 19th century: from Italian contrapunto (see counterpoint) + -al.

More definitions of contrapuntal

Definition of contrapuntal in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
used to address an English nobleman