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Related to antiphonal: Antiphonal psalmody, Antiphonal Singing


1. Relating to or resembling an antiphon.
2. Answering responsively, as in antiphony.
3. Occurring or responding in turns; alternating: "a couple of comedians ... perfecting their antiphonal patter" (P.D. James).
An antiphonary.

an·tiph′o·nal·ly adv.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) sung or recited in alternation
(Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for antiphonary
anˈtiphonally adv
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(ænˈtɪf ə nl)

1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
2. an antiphonary.
an•tiph′o•nal•ly, adv.
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a collection of antiphons, hymns, or psalms sung in alternating parts.
See also: Songs and Singing
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antiphonal - bound collection of antiphons
church music, religious music - genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
Adj.1.antiphonal - containing or using responses; alternating; "responsive reading"; "antiphonal laughter"
2.antiphonal - relating to or resembling an antiphon or antiphony
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References in classic literature ?
My mother heard him say it; and he said those skeletons were two million years old, which astonished her and made her Kentucky pretensions look small and pretty antiphonal, not to say oblique.
Gosse observes of both poems that the qualities to be regarded are 'originality of structure, the varied music of their balanced strophes, as of majestic antiphonal choruses, answering one another in some antique temple, and the extraordinary skill with which the evolution of the theme is observed and restrained.' 'The Progress of Poesy' allegorically states the origin of Poetry in Greece; expresses its power over all men for all emotions; and briefly traces its passage from Greece to Rome and then to England, with Shakspere, Milton, Dryden, and finally some poet yet to be.
For many music historians, the chief point of interest here is the reference to the singing of psalms by choirs in alternation, a practice which they identify, rightly or wrongly, with so-called antiphonal psalmody.
Faust's quasiquartile approach works well in music like this, with rising fourths and antiphonal effects.
Goehr has frequent recourse to antiphonal exchanges between the protagonists, as well as phraseconstructions which have them contributing individually to the overall arch, all subtly woven together by the quasi-continuo of the compelling piano writing.
The most symbolic of these was conductor Brian Kay's arrangement of the Echo Carol, in which the junior choirs provided antiphonal responses to the phrases of the adult singers.
The program ends, somewhat puckishly, with a gorgeous antiphonal setting by Robert Fayrfax (1464--1521) of "Lauda vivi et oo," a long piece the performance of which once served as a battleground between singers from competing sides of the Reformation divide in an incident nicely described in the liner notes.
The overriding antiphonal structure of the spirituals--the call and response pattern which Negroes brought with them from Africa and which was reinforced in America by the practice of lining out hymns--placed the individual in continual dialogue with his community, allowing him at one and the same time to preserve his voice and to blend it with those of his fellows.
The eight-part music is particularly interesting, since Gallus makes full use of his two choirs for dramatic purposes, changing choirs to indicate direct speech and deploying rapid antiphonal exchange for the turbae.
In general, the piece is orchestrated for two quartets, playing mostly antiphonal passages that come together many times for exciting tuttis.
In every respect this was a stunningly exciting performance: Seal never let the tension flag for a moment, and all sections of the orchestra responded brilliantly, with crisp woodwind and horns in the Allegretto, a slow movement made even more unsettling by the CBSO's passionately searing strings, and a finale in which the warring antiphonal timpani battered us into long-awaited cathartic release.
It enhanced the performance enormously and in a stunning account of the Tuba Mirum section, when antiphonal trumpeters were placed in the balcony, it seemed as if the Town Hall would be shaken to its foundations.