- alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
- a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; antiphon.
- a responsive musical utterance.
Origin of antiphony
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Examples from the Web for antiphony
He consumed the cleansings and turned to read the antiphony with resonant voice.Under the Witches' Moon
Antiphony was the ancient mode of rendering music, in which two sets of voices sang alternately.A Short History of English Music
According to its derivation (from ant-hymn, responsive or alternate song) the word anthem was at first synonymous with antiphony.Music in the History of the Western Church
The culprits poured out for a while an antiphony of explanations, which died out at last in a miserable silence.St. Ives
Robert Louis Stevenson
He looked back fondly to the days when he had sung his part in the antiphony in the magnificent cathedral at Manila.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
- the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
- any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
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Word Origin and History for antiphony
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