Definition of contrapuntal in English:

contrapuntal

adjective

Music
  • Of or in counterpoint.

    • ‘Generally, they are more lyrical and less contrapuntal than their German counterparts.’
    • ‘The final movement has some pounding drums with trumpets and some more contrapuntal blending of melodic lines.’
    • ‘One would expect this in something like the early Passacaglia, a contrapuntal Baroque form in which a set of variations occurs over a repeating bass.’
    • ‘This symphony is, if anything, contrapuntal, and the first movement a stunning exemplar.’
    • ‘The motets, however, represent the zenith of Brahms's contrapuntal art.’
    • ‘One finds this mirrored in the antiphonies between orchestral groups in a huge, highly contrapuntal gigue.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Italian contrapunto (see counterpoint)+ -al.

Pronunciation:

contrapuntal

/ˌkɒntrəˈpʌnt(ə)l/