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1. A devotional composition sung responsively as part of a liturgy.
a. A short liturgical text chanted or sung responsively preceding or following a psalm, psalm verse, or canticle.
b. Such a text formerly used as a response but now rendered independently.
3. A response; a reply: "It would be truer ... to see [conservation] as an antiphon to the modernization of the 1950s and 1960s" (Raphael Samuel).

[Late Latin antiphōna, sung responses; see anthem.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
3. any response or answer
[C15: from Late Latin antiphōna sung responses, from Late Greek, plural of antiphōnon (something) responsive, from antiphōnos, from anti- + phōnē sound]
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(ˈæn təˌfɒn)

1. a verse, prayer, or song to be chanted or sung in response.
2. a text recited or sung before or after some part of the liturgical service.
[1490–1500; < Medieval Latin antiphōna responsive singing < Greek, neuter pl. of antíphōnos sounding in answer]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antiphon - a verse or song to be chanted or sung in responseantiphon - a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
church music, religious music - genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
gradual - (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
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[ˈæntɪfən] Nantífona f
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[ˈæntɪfən] n (Rel) → antifona
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One is the bamboo polychoral zither togo, a stringed instrument, and whistle flute sloli, a traditional ring flute that is used to show stories connected to nature, such as a bird dance that depict the story of creation.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Supersize Polyphony offers audiences a surround-sound experience, with the choir performing massive polychoral works from the 16th century.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Supersize Polyphony offers audiences a surroundsound experience, with the choir performing massive polychoral works from the 16th century.
Rodriguez reviews stylistic norms throughout the Spanish Empire in terms of polychoral writing, counterpoint, the stile antico (although noting that its use in Spain was ma non troppo [p.
The most consistent part of the archive--as often in Northern Italy--is represented by late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music: obviously the music composed by musicians active in the Cathedral, such as Gerolamo Gazzaniga (in service as master and organist between 1727 and 1734), and especially Giovanni Maria Bianchi, Giovanni Sampietro, Raimondo Mei, but also the evidence of the use of polychoral Masses copied from the printing of the Bolognese school (i.e., Maurizio Cazzati, Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Angelo Antonio Caroli), that witness performing practices like the doppio coro--somewhat confirmed by the presence of the manuscript masses for eight voices by Ambrogio Bissone, a composer from Vercelli.
He repeatedly took up the art of Dutch counterpoint, yet in many of his works he embraced the modern polychoral style, influenced by Adrian Willaert and the Venetian tradition.
The concert's rich programme will open with Giovanni Gabrielli's Canzona XII for winds, in majestic Venetian polychoral style -- a type of music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque era where separate choirs would sing in alternation.
The chapter titles reflect this repetition of anti-structure structure, representative of something like a fractal or a mise-en-abyme or a postmodern polychoral antiphonal liturgical chant: "Preface: Disenchantment"; "Introduction: Death of Nature"; "1: Nature's Enchantments"; "2: Truth's Enchantments"; "3: The Good Enchanting"; "4: Art Enchanting"; "5: Enchanting Bodies"; "6: Betraying Enchantment"; "7: Beyond Enchanting." For the postmodern essence of the book, we can read only the endnotes, which are often lengthy and fascinating--or irritating--depending on our responses to performances substituted for critiques.
Tallis/ Striggio As a chorister, meeting the challenge of polychoral renaissance music really fires me up.
Christian music can be as diverse as medieval plainchants and rock bands, polychoral anthems and the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir.
However, Fenlon asks whether the reconfiguration might also have been prompted by the polychoral psalm settings of Adrian Willaert, who had recently been appointed choir-master.
In the third section Kendrick moves to a discussion of the music, styles, and genres, providing a detailed description of how Milanese composers worked with the polychoral or cori spezzati style, most often connected with Venice and Rome, and also how certain composers cultivated the new sacred concerto style, in which voices were accompanied by instruments and basso continuo.