Antiphonal

Antiphonal
   The alternate singing or chanting by two sides of the choir and congregation, each taking a verse in turn. This mode of rendering the music of the Church is of very ancient origin; it prevailed in the ancient Jewish worship as the antiphonal structure of the Psalms indicates. It is a reproduction of the heavenly worship as described by Isaiah, "And one cried unto another and said." It seems to be also a practical following out of the admonition, "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Col. 3:16.)

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Antiphonal — An*tiph o*nal, a. Of or pertaining to antiphony, or alternate singing; sung alternately by a divided choir or opposite choirs. Wheatly. {An*tiph o*nal*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Antiphonal — An*tiph o*nal, n. A book of antiphons or anthems. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antiphonal — (adj.) 1719, from ANTIPHON (Cf. antiphon) + AL (Cf. al). Related: Antiphonally …   Etymology dictionary

  • antiphonal — [an΄tə fän′ikan tif′ə nəl] adj. of or like an antiphon; sung or chanted in alternation: also antiphonic [an΄tə fän′ik] n. an antiphonary antiphonally adv …   English World dictionary

  • antiphonal — 1. noun a) A book of antiphons or anthems sung or chanted at a liturgy; an antiphonary or antiphoner. b) An antiphon; a piece sung or chanted in an antiphonal manner. Syn: antiphoner, antiphonar …   Wiktionary

  • antiphonal — antiphon ► NOUN ▪ a hymn or psalm sung in alternate verses by two groups. DERIVATIVES antiphonal adjective. ORIGIN from Greek antiph na harmonies …   English terms dictionary

  • antiphonal singing — ▪ music       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… …   Universalium

  • antiphonal organ — noun : an enclosed division of a pipe organ situated some distance from the main enclosure and permitting answering or antiphonal effects …   Useful english dictionary

  • antiphonal — I. noun Date: 1537 antiphonary II. adjective Date: 1719 of, relating to, or suggesting an antiphon or antiphony • antiphonally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antiphonal — antiphonally, adv. /an tif euh nl/, adj. 1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive. n. 2. an antiphonary. [1685 95; ANTIPHON + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

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