Definition of contrapuntal in English:

contrapuntal

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

Music
  • 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.

Derivatives

contrapuntally

adverb
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  • 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.

contrapuntist

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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