contrapuntal :

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  • a  relating to or characteristic of or according to the rules of counterpoint
    contrapuntal base
  • a  having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together

  • High overhead the individual sound tracks collide and coalesce into a contrapuntal aural landscape.
  • This was Berlin's first contrapuntal tune: two melodies one demure, one robust that are sung consecutively, then one atop the other.
  • She began spicing her recital programs with Beatle numbers, arranged in classic styles by artists such as Pianist Peter Serkin, who scored a contrapuntal Bachground for Yesterday.
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  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Bill Charlap: West Coast Jazz
    West Coast jazz has many definitions, depending on your perspective. To some, this 1950s jazz style conjures up images of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet playing contrapuntal lines at the Haig in Los Angeles.
    July 8, 2013 - All About Jazz

  • Henry Threadgill in NPR
    It's not chordal-based,Threadgill says. "It's contrapuntal music - everyone is playing these different little melodies and phrases, you know. Harmony happens, but the harmony is incidental to the counterpoint chatter."
  • Charlie Hunter in San Francisco Chronicle
    For me, Tuck was a major sea change in solo, contrapuntal guitar technique,Hunter says in an e-mail. "The three-note chords with bass line and percussive slap on two and four, Chet Atkins harmonics, walking bass with chord accompaniment,...
  • EM Forster in The Guardian
    Forster told a close friend: "I have had my first difference of opinion with him - over the dirge for the Novice. He has done dry contrapuntal stuff, no doubt original and excellent from the musician's point of view, but not at all appropriate from...

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