antiphon
(AN-ti-fone)


[Gr.]


  1. A Catholic liturgical chant with a prose text associated with psalmody sung by two choirs in alternation. It is usually a response or refrain to a psalm or canticle verses.
  2. The response made by one part of the choir to another, or one by the congregation to the priest in a Catholic service; also, alternate singing.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Gabrieli, G.: Hodie Christus natus est
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 49

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