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contrapuntal

[kon-truh-puhn-tl]
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adjective Music.
  1. of or relating to counterpoint.
  2. composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.

Origin of contrapuntal

1835–45; < Italian contrappunt(o) + -al1. See counterpoint
Related formscon·tra·pun·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for contrapuntal

Historical Examples

  • Is music to be prized and taken to our hearts because it is contrapuntal and complex?

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • A series of contrapuntal, mental phantasmagoria from real life.

    Nightmare Tales

    H. P. Blavatsky

  • But its object was mainly the display of contrapuntal learning.

    Sebastian Bach

    Reginald Lane Poole

  • A melody to him was usually a detail in a contrapuntal scheme.

  • The Pope can do much, but he will not be able to get contrapuntal music into Varese.


British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntal

contrapuntal

adjective
  1. music characterized by counterpoint
Derived Formscontrapuntally, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al 1
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Word Origin and History for contrapuntal

adj.

1845, from Italian contrapunto "counterpoint," also "backstitch," from contra "against" (see contra) + punto "point" (see point (n.)). Musical use is from Medieval Latin cantus contrapunctis. Cf. counterpoint. Related: Contrapuntally.

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