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a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
to show differences when compared; be different
"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
write in counterpoint
"Bach perfected the art of counterpointing"
a melody added to an existing one, especially one added to provide harmony whilst each retains its simultaneous identity; a composition consisting of such contrapuntal melodies
any similar contrasting element in a work of art
to compose or arrange such music
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A coverlet woven in squares, commonly spoken counterpain. See Counterpane.
In music, counterpoint is the relationship between two or more musical lines (or voices) which are harmonically interdependent yet independent in rhythm and melodic contour. It has been most commonly identified in the European classical tradition, strongly developing during the Renaissance and in much of the common practice period, especially in the Baroque period. The term originates from the Latin punctus contra punctum meaning "point against point", i.e. "note against note". In Western pedagogy, counterpoint is taught through a system of species (see below). There are several different forms of counterpoint, including imitative counterpoint and free counterpoint. Imitative counterpoint involves the repetition of a main melodic idea across different vocal parts, with or without variation. Compositions written in free counterpoint often incorporate non-traditional harmonies and chords, chromaticism and dissonance.
an opposite point
the setting of note against note in harmony; the adding of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody
the art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody not single, but moving attended by one or more related melodies
music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music. See Polyphony
a coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into squares; a counterpane. See 1st Counterpane
Etymology: [OF. contrepoincte, corruption of earlier counstepointe, countepointe, F. courtepointe, fr. L. culcita cushion, mattress (see Quilt, and cf. Cushion) + puncta, fem. p. p. of pungere to prick (see Point). The word properly meant a stitched quilt, with the colors broken one into another.]
In music, counterpoint is the relationship between voices that are harmonically interdependent, but independent in rhythm and contour. It has been most commonly identified in classical music, developing strongly during the Renaissance and in much of the common practice period, especially in Baroque music. The term originates from the Latin punctus contra punctum meaning "point against point".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kown′tėr-point, n. (mus.) the art of combining melodies: the setting of a harmony of one or more parts to a melody: the art of composition.—adj. Contrapunt′al.—n. Contrapunt′ist. [Fr.,—contre, against, point, a point.]
The numerical value of counterpoint in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of counterpoint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of counterpoint in a Sentence
Any citizen who is even slightly informed can see that in terms of the federal government, (Mandetta) has positioned himself as a counterpoint to the irresponsibility ... of the president, mandetta comes out of this much stronger.
It’s visually more interesting than if everything is similar, if you have a square space, I’d do square planters, but then a circular table in the middle so there’s at least one counterpoint.
The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all. It must be corrupt or he will not recognize it. He has only seen dried figs. He has only thought dried thoughts. A live thought or a real idea is against the rules of his mind.
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- Kontrapunkt, kontrapunktierenGerman
- نقطه مقابلPersian
- ellenpont, kontrapunktHungarian
- lagu pengiring lagu lainIndonesian
- конрапункт, контрапунктRussian
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