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antiphony

[an-tif-uh-nee] /ænˈtɪf ə ni/
noun, plural 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.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; antiphon + -y3
Related forms
antiphonic
[an-tuh-fon-ik] /ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
antiphonically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for antiphony

antiphony

/ænˈtɪfənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
2.
any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
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Word Origin and History for antiphony
n.

1590s, from Greek antiphonos (see antiphon) + -y (1).

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Encyclopedia Article for antiphony

antiphonal singing

alternate singing by two choirs or singers. Antiphonal singing is of great antiquity and occurs in the folk and liturgical music of many cultures. Descriptions of it occur in the Old Testament. The antiphonal singing of psalms occurred both in ancient Hebrew and early Christian liturgies; alternating choirs would sing-e.g., half lines of psalm verses

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