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antiphon

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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A liturgical chant sung as the refrain to the verses of a psalm. The word antiphonon is Greek, used by some ancient Greek writers to mean ‘octave’. Its meaning of an independent chant performed with psalms in Christian worship dates from the 4th century, known for instance from the practice of the churches of Antioch and Jerusalem....

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