American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or resembling an antiphon.
- adj. Answering responsively, as in antiphony.
- adj. Occurring or responding in turns; alternating: "this curious antiphonal relationship between the two men” ( Henry A. Kissinger).
- n. An antiphonary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or marked by antiphony or responsive singing; antiphonary.
- n. A book of antiphons or anthems; an antiphonary.
- n. A book of antiphons or anthems sung or chanted at a liturgy; an antiphonary or antiphoner.
- n. An antiphon; a piece sung or chanted in an antiphonal manner.
- adj. music Characterized by antiphones or antiphony; incorporating alternate, or responsive singing by a choir split into two parts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to antiphony, or alternate singing; sung alternately by a divided choir or opposite choirs.
- n. A book of antiphons or anthems.
- n. bound collection of antiphons
- adj. containing or using responses; alternating.
- adj. relating to or resembling an antiphon or antiphony
“The church had two choir lofts, so Gabrieli and other composers often wrote music that would bounce from choir to the other (called antiphonal) and later wrote the same for "choirs" of brass players.”
“A lyric may be a solo, or the matter may be arranged for 'antiphonal' performance between different performers, e.g. choruses of Men and of Women.”
“This is seen by the 'antiphonal' distribution of the matter, for example, between choruses of men and women, and by the recurrence of passages ( 'refrains').”
“An ignorance shared by the child, who exhibits a distaste for an interview," interpolated Miss Prinkwell, in a kind of antiphonal response --”
“Dame was the operation of the great organs, one in the choir gallery, the other in the chancel, in a kind of antiphonal music, somewhat monotonous though not without beauty.”
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“Female singers generally use the falsetto while male singers generally use natural voice to sing this kind of antiphonal song.”
“Those in attendance will also enjoy some specific climactic instances such as antiphonal brass.”
“We then proceeded to learn chant for the reformed Roman rite and in the evening, we gathered for first Vespers of the Baptism of the Lord, using the new antiphons from the Solesmes antiphonal and the responsory, 'Hodie in Iordane'.”
“The liturgical chant of our Catholic tradition, on the other hand, privileges the responsorial, dialogical, antiphonal and acclamatory modes of performance.”
“There was a little word-play (Tweedledum and Tweedledee's antiphonal speech was very well-rendered), but not remarkably, this movie is more about visual fireworks than verbal ones.”
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