antiphony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antiphony a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
    • n antiphony alternate (responsive) singing by a choir in two parts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antiphony A musical response; also, antiphonal chanting or signing.
    • Antiphony An anthem or psalm sung alternately by a choir or congregation divided into two parts. Also figuratively. "O! never more for me shall winds intone,
      With all your tops, a vast antiphony ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antiphony Alternate or responsive singing, in which a choir is divided into two, each part singing alternate verses of the psalm or anthem: opposed to homophony
    • n antiphony In responsorial singing, on the contrary, one singer alternates with the whole choir, as in the chanting of responsories. See responsory.
    • n antiphony A psalm or an anthem so chanted.
    • n antiphony A composition of several verses taken from different psalms and set to music.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Antiphon

Usage

In literature:

Trinidad recited his appeal and the Judge boomed out his ponderous antiphony.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
The Lamas with their deep voices were intoning the prayers while the lesser priests answered with their antiphonies.
"Beasts, Men and Gods" by Ferdinand Ossendowski
He cries his wavering shrill-voiced chant; the toilers utter antiphony in low gruff tones.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
We ended with antiphonies of praise for this descendant of Justin Morgan.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
The revival of 1851-2 was a local one, but was believed by many to have been inspired by a celestial antiphony.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Excitedly and in antiphony Johnny and I detailed the day's adventure.
"Gold" by Stewart White
It was a good congregation, and they appeared to listen prayerfully whilst Father Leo with his choristers chanted the antiphony.
"For the Right" by Karl Emil Franzos
Antiphony was the ancient mode of rendering music, in which two sets of voices sang alternately.
"A Short History of English Music" by Ernest Ford
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