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The Liber responsorialis, showing on the right hand page the antiphons for the first night office of Christmas. The associated psalm tones are indicated by number and ending pitch, and the pitches for the ending of the doxology are indicated by vowels:et in secula seculorum amen.

An antiphon (Greek ἀντίφωνον, ἀντί "opposite" and φωνή "voice") in Christian music and ritual is a responsory by a choir or congregation, usually in the form of a Gregorian chant, to a psalm or other text in a religious service or musical work.

Antiphony is now generally used for any call and response style of singing, such as the kirtan and the sea shanty. Antiphonal music is music that is performed by two semi-independent choirs in interaction, often singing alternate musical phrases.<ref>E. Foley and M. Paul, Worship music: a concise dictionary (Liturgical Press, 2000), p. 18.</ref> Antiphonal psalmody is the singing or musical playing of psalms by alternating groups of performers.<ref>J. McKinnon, Music in early Christian literature (Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 10.</ref> An antiphony is also a choir-book containing antiphons.


Antiphon sections
Intro   Origins    Polyphonic votive antiphons    Greater Advent antiphons    Polychoral antiphony    See also    References    External links   

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The Liber responsorialis, showing on the right hand page the antiphons for the first night office of Christmas. The associated psalm tones are indicated by number and ending pitch, and the pitches for the ending of the doxology are indicated by vowels:et in secula seculorum amen.

An antiphon (Greek ἀντίφωνον, ἀντί "opposite" and φωνή "voice") in Christian music and ritual is a responsory by a choir or congregation, usually in the form of a Gregorian chant, to a psalm or other text in a religious service or musical work.

Antiphony is now generally used for any call and response style of singing, such as the kirtan and the sea shanty. Antiphonal music is music that is performed by two semi-independent choirs in interaction, often singing alternate musical phrases.<ref>E. Foley and M. Paul, Worship music: a concise dictionary (Liturgical Press, 2000), p. 18.</ref> Antiphonal psalmody is the singing or musical playing of psalms by alternating groups of performers.<ref>J. McKinnon, Music in early Christian literature (Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 10.</ref> An antiphony is also a choir-book containing antiphons.


Antiphon sections
Intro   Origins    Polyphonic votive antiphons    Greater Advent antiphons    Polychoral antiphony    See also    References    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Origins
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