[ kon-truh-puhn-tist ]

  1. a person skilled in the practice of counterpoint.

Origin of contrapuntist

From the Italian word contrappuntista, dating back to 1770–80. See counterpoint, -ist

Words Nearby contrapuntist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use contrapuntist in a sentence

  • I should compare one who invents melodies to a noble racehorse, and a mere contrapuntist to a hired post hack.

  • Much that Nabucco contained demonstrated the fully-trained composer, the scientific musician, and the able contrapuntist.

    Verdi: Man and Musician | Frederick James Crowest
  • The discourse and instruction of the great contrapuntist could not be without influence on Wolfgang's work.

  • Albrechtsberger, one of these, was a famous contrapuntist of his time, and the student gained much from his teaching.

  • Contemporaneously with his pupilage under Hummel, he studied the theory of music with Simon Sechter, an eminent contrapuntist.

British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntist



/ (ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntɪst) /

  1. music a composer skilled in counterpoint

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