[ UK /æntˈɪfənə‍l/ ]
  1. containing or using responses; alternating
    antiphonal laughter
    responsive reading
  2. relating to or resembling an antiphon or antiphony
  1. bound collection of antiphons
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How To Use antiphonal In A Sentence

  • The historic music of that antiphonal chorus needs to be heard, and remembered.
  • The two choirs proceed in antiphonal fashion, a kind of call and response, but the really interesting thing is the music is completely independent.
  • The first part consists of an antiphonal chant from the Service for the Thursday Preceding Good Friday.
  • The effect of all these voices is of an antiphonal interplay that Koger claims has its roots in jazz and in the call-and-response format of traditional African and antebellum music.
  • Elisions, stretti, contractions, prolongations and antiphonal presentations are only some of the devices the composer frequently employs to achieve a pacing that clarifies the overall direction of the melodic trajectory of a piece.
  • There's one, basically the main organ here in the front, and there's also an antiphonal organ which is in the back, which is not as big as the one in the front.
  • The post-Reformation choir was usually split into two antiphonal groups: cantoris on the precentor's side and decani opposite on the dean's side.
  • The musical treatment ranges from monodic to polyphonic; there are antiphonal passages, most notably when high and low voices alternate in the Christe eleison section.
  • The best effects were achieved in Ignatio Donati's O Gloriosa Domina, where the cornetto was placed, antiphonally, in the upper gallery of the church, behind the audience.
  • Sometimes the entire cast is onstage as antiphonal voices from all over; sometimes a few characters linger silently on the fringes of the unit set that, as designed by John Lee Beatty, is both simple and versatile.
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