antiphony
noun (plural -nies) Date: 1592 responsive alternation between two groups especially of singers

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  • Antiphony — An*tiph o*ny, n.; pl. {Antiphonies}. [See {Antiphon}.] 1. A musical response; also, antiphonal chanting or signing. [1913 Webster] 2. An anthem or psalm sung alternately by a choir or congregation divided into two parts. Also figuratively. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antiphony — (n.) 1590s, from Gk. antiphonos (see ANTIPHON (Cf. antiphon)) + Y (Cf. y) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • antiphony — [an tif′ə nē] n. pl. antiphonies [< Gr antiphōnos (see ANTHEM), by assoc. with SYMPHONY] 1. the opposition of sounds 2. harmony produced by this 3. an antiphon 4. antiphonal chanting or singing …   English World dictionary

  • Antiphony —    Performance practice of dividing a choir into two, each semichoir singing a portion of a chanted composition in response to the other. The triumphal return of David from his defeat of Goliath and the Philistines may be the earliest written… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • antiphony — antiphonic /an teuh fon ik/, adj. antiphonically, adv. /an tif euh nee/, n., pl. antiphonies. 1. alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions. 2. a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; antiphon. 3. a responsive musical utterance. [1585 95; …   Universalium

  • antiphony — noun alternate, or responsive singing by a choir split into two parts; a piece sung or chanted in this manner …   Wiktionary

  • antiphony — an·tiph·o·ny || æn tɪfÉ™nɪ n. responsive singing of a hymn, responsive chanting; antiphon, responsive song …   English contemporary dictionary

  • antiphony — noun antiphonal singing, playing, or chanting …   English new terms dictionary

  • antiphony — an·tiph·o·ny …   English syllables

  • antiphony — an•tiph•o•ny [[t]ænˈtɪf ə ni[/t]] n. pl. nies mad alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions • Etymology: 1585–95 an•ti•phon•ic ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk adj. an ti•phon′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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