antiphony

antiphony

[an-tif-uh-nee]
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:
1585–95; antiphon + -y3

antiphonic [an-tuh-fon-ik] , adjective
antiphonically, adverb
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antiphony (ænˈtɪfənɪ)
 
n , 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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antiphony

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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