American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or incorporating counterpoint.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, pertaining to counterpoint, or in accordance with its rules; having an independent motion of the voice-parts.
- adj. music Of or relating to counterpoint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Pertaining to, or according to the rules of, counterpoint.
- adj. having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together
- adj. relating to or characteristic of or according to the rules of counterpoint
- From Latin punctus contra punctum (“note against note”) (Wiktionary)
- 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Music written entirely by the rules of counterpoint is called contrapuntal music; that written otherwise is known as free harmonic music.”
“It will pass to the subsequent _Figures of Earth_ and, after showing how the greater gravity of this volume is accompanied by a greater profusion of poetry _per se_ it will unravel the scheme of Cabell's fifteen essays in what might be called contrapuntal prose.”
“Even if I have different objects interwoven or crosscutting one another or in a certain kind of contrapuntal configuration, the clarity is really important to me.”
“Much of this involved hairline gradations of delay: lagging one contrapuntal strand just behind the others to draw the ear to it, shaping a lyrical line with slightly sticky rubato to encourage the brain to fill in the decay.”
“Foss, though, would go through and say no, this note should be up an octave, you need to clean up the voice leading from this harmony to this harmony, this chord should come a beat later, you should separate these contrapuntal lines into separate octaves, etc., etc.”
“Grodecki, who sometimes wore her Roland keyboard around her neck, played a few contrapuntal synth riffs, but they weren't integral to the sound.”
“Written at a time when busily contrapuntal late-baroque composition was giving way to the pared-down elegance of the emergent Classical style, Gretry's opera-comique occupies an intriguing middle ground.”
“DAVID FOLKENFLIK: The language is alliterative, the cadence contrapuntal.”
“Without these papers, he says, "much of what we associate with the late 1960s youth rebellion—its size, intensity, and contrapuntal expressions of furious anger and joyful bliss—might not have been possible.”
“Julien has certainly done something innovative with the moving image here: the relationship between each of the screens is redolent of that between orchestral instruments, allowing for contrapuntal effects as well as variations on and restatements of earlier themes.”
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