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tr. & intr.v. can·ti·lat·ed, can·ti·lat·ing, can·ti·lates
To chant or recite (a liturgical text) in a musical monotone.

[Latin cantilāre, cantilāt-, to sing, from cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

can′til·la′tion n.


1. (Judaism) the traditional notation representing the various traditional Jewish melodies to which scriptural passages are chanted
2. chanting or intonation
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Noun1.cantillation - liturgical chanting
chanting, intonation - the act of singing in a monotonous tone
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Even the graphic text at this point is assigned a rare and meaningful sign, according to the Masoretic cantillation tradition that indicates how the Torah (otherwise lacking nikud or vowel points, in scroll form), should be chanted, vocalized, and accented.
At Werner's request, Binder joined the school's inaugural faculty as a professor of composition and cantillation.
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This was less likely in the verses in Jeremiah and II Chronicles noted above, where the cantillation separates the words.
From the 8th to 10th centuries, anti-Rabbanite scribes in Tiberius, then the center of learning in Palestine, copied the surviving scrolls, preserving what is called the Masoretic scripture--the vowels, punctuation and cantillation markings needed to vocalize and chant the text, as well as notes in the margins about such details as spelling.
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For Paul Robeson, the black pastor's chanted homily and the Jewish cantor's synagogue cantillation shared common roots and the same horizons.
In addition to much new data, Tov's handbook gives a fresh review of items like vocalization, the division into chapters and paragraphs, cantillation signs, and the Masoretic notes.
Tradition holds that the ta'amim, the cantillation marks that denote the melodic phrases used in the chanting, were given at Sinai along with the words of Torah.
Similarly, she mentions the German classical tradition and Hebrew cantillation in the context of the Fourth String Quartet, but treats the work as reflecting the composer's American identity apparently on the basis of its relative accessibility and the popularity of string quartet composition in his adopted homeland.
Two of the contributions deal with issues of tradition and continuity: Ulrike-Rebekka Nieten discusses the cantillation tradition of the Samaritans, with specific reference to the first three verses of the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1-18), and Stefan Schorch examines the evolution of the Passover sacrifice within the Samaritan tradition, as reflected in the accounts of travelers to the region at the beginning of the twentieth century.
They walked to Hebrew school together and slouched side by side throughout sour-breathed Rabbi Finkelstein's cantillation class.