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Antiphon

Michel Huglo and Joan Halmo

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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In Latin Christian chant generally, a liturgical chant with a prose text, sung in association with a psalm. In Gregorian psalmody, for example, psalms and canticles are usually preceded and followed by a single antiphon, and the psalm tone used for the recitation of the psalm itself is often musically incomplete without the antiphon. Antiphons of this kind may be regarded as typical and are represented above all by the Gregorian antiphons to the psalms

Keywords: Early history and terminology; Origins and composition of texts; Origins and composition of melodies; The Gregorian antiphons to the psalms at Matins, Lauds and Vespers; Other antiphons in the Gregorian repertory

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Subjects: Music

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