Definition of cantorial in English:



  • 1Relating to a cantor.

    ‘cantorial singing’
    • ‘Akerman recites this text against a background of the traditional cantorial melody for Kol Nidre, a prayer for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.’
    • ‘Then check out trumpeter Frank London's Invocations, which tackles that most intense of Jewish music traditions, cantorial singing, through London's horn.’
    • ‘Bloch found his inspiration for this work in Jewish life and finds his musical material in the form of cantorial chant and Yiddish folk song.’
    • ‘Cut to a Broadway theater, where the blackfaced hero sings ‘Mammy’ in a style at once cantorial and operatic, at an energy level that is overpowering.’
    • ‘Clearly inspired by the moving text, Still provides melismatic cantorial lines, the telling augmented second, notably on the Hebrew word for God, Adonay, and an orchestra aglow with color.’
    • ‘Rose shows his roots in Bloch's ‘Hebrew Rhapsody,’ but he never distorts the music by imitating cantorial wailings, as some cellists have done in this work.’
    • ‘The lines remind me of cantorial chant, but Hovhaness has probably made it all up, since it doesn't lie all that far away from his usual solo-against-strings melodies.’
    • ‘Dybbuk may be the composer's toughest compositional nut to crack, a gnarled web of sound tightly woven from folk music, cantorial prayer, and serial techniques.’
    • ‘It is a position where you train to become so, either by being apprenticed to a cantor as in the old days, or you can go to cantorial school for four or five years in America.’
    • ‘As one of his cantorial duties, he had to provide music for funerals.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting the north side of the choir of a church, the side on which the cantor sits.
      The opposite of decanal



/kanˈtôrēəl/ /kænˈtɔriəl/