verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for counterpoint
Reprinted by permission of Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint.
He hopes it will stand as a counterpoint to the divisiveness of extremism.
In some respects, Yale presents a counterpoint, where secret societies are not a huge party scene and keep a low profile.
But his many piercing performances provide a counterpoint to his embarrassing legal troubles.
The counterpoint can be filled in with triplets, semiquavers, or with notes of any other value.The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze|Emile Jaques-Dalcroze
Do you recommend the study of harmony and counterpoint to the piano student?Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann
In 1825, aided by the generosity of a patron, he went to Italy, where for three years he studied singing and counterpoint.The Standard Cantatas|George P. Upton
To my Misfortune, I asked one of this sort, from whom he had learned the Counterpoint?Observations on the Florid Song|Pier Francesco Tosi
When in his fifties he wished to write music, he took up for the first time the study of counterpoint.Modern Essays|John Macy
British Dictionary definitions for counterpoint
Word Origin for counterpoint
Word Origin and History for counterpoint
early 15c., of stitching, from Old French cuilte contrepointe "quilt stitched through and through," altered from coute pointe, from Medieval Latin culcita puncta "quilted mattress," from Latin culcita "cushion" + puncta, fem. past participle of pungere "to prick, stab" (see pungent).
Of music, mid-15c., from Old French contrepoint, from Medieval Latin cantus contrapunctus, from contrapunctum, from Latin contra + puncta, with reference to the indication of musical notes by "pricking" with a pointed pen over or under the original melody on a manuscript.
Culture definitions for counterpoint
The use of two or more melodies at the same time in a piece of music; it was an important part of baroque music. Certain composers, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, have been especially skillful at counterpoint.