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 evidence of antiphony (1 Samuel 18:7). Psalmody is most commonly sung antiphonally, each semichoir taking a verse, but antiphons and responsories may also be sung this way.
   Anglicans call singers who sit with the dean (first cantor) on the south side of the chancel decani; those with the cantor on the north side, cantori.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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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 — noun (plural nies) Date: 1592 responsive alternation between two groups especially of singers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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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