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adj. Music
Of, relating to, or incorporating counterpoint.

[From obsolete Italian contrapunto, counterpoint : Italian contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + Italian punto, point, note (from Vulgar Latin *punctum, from Latin pūnctum; see punctual).]

con′tra·pun′tal·ly adv.
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(Music, other) music characterized by counterpoint
[C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al1]
ˌcontraˈpuntally adv
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(ˌkɒn trəˈpʌn tl)

1. of or involving musical counterpoint.
2. composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.
[1835–45; < Italian contrappunt(o) (< Medieval Latin contrāpūnctus) + -al1. See counterpoint]
con`tra•pun′tal•ly, adv.
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Typical of or using counterpoint.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contrapuntal - relating to or characteristic of or according to the rules of counterpoint; "contrapuntal base"
2.contrapuntal - having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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[ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntl] ADJde contrapunto
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The Goldberg Variations - a set of 30 contrapuntal variations beginning and ending with an aria - are imbued with so much spiritual significance that the listener can easily become lost and overwhelmed.
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After reviewing postcolonial Biblical criticism and the Book of Exodus in it, he discusses identity under construction: contrasting Pharaonic exclusivism with hybridic resistance in Exodus 1:1-2:10, identity destruction: Moses' quadruple displacement in Exodus 2:11-22, identity reconstruction: YHWH's avowal of liminality in Exodus 2:23-3:15, and restrospect and prospect: reviewing findings and mapping contrapuntal contact zones in the remainder of Exodus.
This particular work is contrapuntal yet straightforward, making it an excellent way to introduce young players to the fugue while allowing them to work outside the typical Baroque style.
To illustrate his admiration for Reger - and Reger's for Bach - he delivered an electrifying account of the Fantasy and Fugue on BACH (but did we really need to have the letters explained first?) that conveyed a maelstrom of emotions, even in quieter sections, and developed the fugue, with hands and feet going everywhere, into a raging behemoth of contrapuntal activity.
The Ghost Trio's two more conventional fast-moving movements and Brahms's large, extravagant and richly contrapuntal B major Trio were reflective and song-like rather than bold and romantic.
Her threefold critique can serve as contrapuntal points to Kenneth Rose's forceful defense of pluralism in his latest book Pluralism: The Future of Religion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).