Meaning of “contrapuntal” in the English Dictionary


"contrapuntal" in English

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uk /ˌkɒn.trəˈpʌn.təl/ us /ˌkɑːn.trəˈpʌn.t̬əl/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • After the exposition the fugue consists of a kind of free contrapuntal fantasy on the subject and its answer. 
  • From the first he used counterpoint, canon, imitation, and all the devices of the contrapuntal style. 
  • Sight-singing in three parts should always begin with exercises written in the contrapuntal style. 
  • So great was the scandal throughout the whole world of church music that contrapuntal music came near being abandoned entirely. 
  • The great Bach infused this into his fugues, the highest manifestation of the contrapuntal, or polyphonic music of old. 

(Definition of “contrapuntal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)