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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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With wind and high-string players standing, and fiddles divided antiphonally, the music zipped and darted across the sections.
A sextet of OU hornists took part in one of the WWV pieces, performing antiphonally from the balcony.
They spoke their petitions aloud: "for safety on our streets," "for our young people" and "for healing." They named the mysteries, each spoken by a different person leading the prayer, and responded antiphonally They prayed the Fatima prayer after each decade as well as the prayer of St.
Our choirs sang the antiphonally with the choir of St.
In fact, despite a fairly wild, folk dance-influenced final movement, it is rather formal and restrained in conception but it provided some wonderful opportunities not only for the timpanist and the celesta player, but also for the antiphonally arranged strings, who had some very atmospheric passages, not least the work's opening statement , full of foreboding, from the violas.
At the morning service five choirs will sing antiphonally Christmas carols.
Most of us love to chant or read the psalms antiphonally. This article is an invitation to consider the psalms in short seasonal bunches, to use the psalms in weekly worship and in daily devotion.
Despite what Sonnie Asonwan Adagbonyin has called the "seemingly 'prismatic' nature of Moonsongs" or its "hermetic masquerade" (121), the volume comes across as a lyrical and performative work even as most of the poems collected therein are constructed around musical instruments or/and are to be performed antiphonally between poet and people.
It has been known for a long time that the Song of the Sea was performed antiphonally. This fact is attested both by Philo of Alexandria (8) and by ancient rabbinic sources discussing various possibilities of antiphonal singing of this hymn.
The enormous manuscript contains the liturgical psalter and hymns to be said or sung alternately, 'antiphonally', between the priest and the choir.
In both instances, Gabriel "gave the others his back" while they chanted antiphonally, and did not take part himself.
The orchestra was arranged antiphonally as two orchestras either side of the audience with cello and bass placed centrally.