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Alternatim (Lat.: ‘alternately’)locked

  • Edward Higginbottom


A term commonly used to describe the manner in which alternate sections of certain liturgical items were performed by distinct and normally dissimilar forces. The practice had its roots in the antiphonal psalmody of the early Western church. One of its first characteristic manifestations was in the performance of responsorial chants (e.g. gradual, alleluia) where the soloists (...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society
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