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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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The standard syntax of Genesis 10:21 and its cantillation indicate that Shem was in fact the oldest of Noah's children.
From 1976 to 1977, he studied the traditional forms of cantillation (chanting) of the Hebrew scriptures in New York and Jerusalem, which were later the inspiration behind Tehillim (1981), based on the biblical psalms, and Desert Music (1984), a setting of poems by William Carlos Williams.
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.
Rabbi Buecher took a Torah scroll from the ark in the sanctuary at Hebrew Union College and unrolled it to Parshat Vayeshev, the story of Joseph and his brothers, and Maya chanted the Torah portion, her Hebrew beautifully articulated, her cantillation sublime.
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.
From the perspectives of ethnomusicology, education, performance, musicology, jazz studies, and music theory, they examine improvisation through specific topics like jazz and West African balofon music, John Cage's music, Slavic folk culture, Koranic cantillation in Indonesia, jazz, the limits of improvisation in participatory music making, learning and improvisation, and the creative process in composition and performance.
He then reflects on prominent collecting and publishing projects, for both Yiddish song and Hebrew cantillation, in the context of his theory.
15) In Sufi orders in which the practice of sama and dhikr have been highly developed, to the level of high sacred art--such as the Mevlevi, or "Whirling" Dervishes founded by Jelaluddin Rumi--the rhythmic repetition of the dhikr portion of the sama is accompanied by drums which reinforce the repetitive rhythm, while the chanting itself serves as the accompaniment to instrumental improvisation and the semi-improvised cantillation of a sheik, who intones sacred texts that "float" over the repetitions of the dhikr formula.
21) [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (etnachtah), an Aramaic word designating a "rest stop" in between two parts--not necessarily actual halves--of a biblical verse, according to the official cantillation system.
Edwards quotes a number of sources for his musical language, from Lutheran chorale to birdsong, plainsong, Hebrew cantillation and scales from Southeast Asia to say nothing of native Australian dance-chant.