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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.


(Music, other) music characterized by counterpoint
[C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al1]
ˌcontraˈpuntally adv


(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.


Typical of or using counterpoint.
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


[ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntl] ADJde contrapunto


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Johann Theile is esteemed among the north-German baroque contrapuntists, including Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Adam Reincken.
Eduard Grell and Heinrich Bellermann (both Protestants working in Berlin), and Michael Hailer (a Gatholic based in Regensburg) were genuinely skilled contrapuntists, and perhaps not coincidentally, they also understood Palestrina's style much better than most of their contemporaries.
33) When the imitation is of an older style of music, he is less censorious: a six-part motet by Samuel Webbe II meets with his approval as "a magnificent composition, in the style of Palestrina, and the other learned and chaste contrapuntists of the old sublime school of church writers,"(34) and a madrigal by the same composer is praised for its "steady and judicious adherence to the true style of madrigal, which is seldom preserved by modern imitators.