Antiphony



alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; .
a responsive musical utterance.
Historical Examples

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

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 Edward Dickinson

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 consumed the cleansings and turned to read the antiphony with resonant voice.
Under the Witches’ Moon Nathan Gallizier

antiphony was the ancient mode of rendering music, in which two sets of voices sang alternately.
A Short History of English Music Ernest Ford

noun (pl) -nies
the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
n.

1590s, from Greek antiphonos (see antiphon) + -y (1).

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