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Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style

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An exceptional text for undergraduate and graduate music students, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style uses a wide variety of carefully graded exercises to present guidelines for writing and analyzing 16th-century music. The only species counterpoint text that draws directly on Renaissance treatises, it provides a conceptual framework to guide students through composition and analysis as it teaches them general structural principles. With stylistically diverse examples including not only motets and mass movements but also French chansons, German chorale settings, English canzonets, Italian madrigals, and Spanish organ hymns, villancicos, and ricercars, the book gives students a "real-life" feel for the subject. It distinguishes between technical requirements ("hard" rules) and stylistic guidelines ("soft" rules), and includes coordinated exercises that allow students to develop their skills systematically. The concluding chapters provide the formal and conceptual building blocks for longer pieces and encourage students to understand analysis and composition as complementary activities. By the end of the book, they are writing real compositions, not just drill exercises.

Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style features carefully chosen contemporaneous musical examples, progressively graded exercises, historical asides that explain important topics and issues of the period, and a set of notes to the instructor. Combining the historical accuracy of "style-oriented" texts with the more systematic species counterpoint approach, this book offers a unique alternative to other methods.

Table of Contents

Preface


Acknowledgments


Note to the Student


Note to the Instructor


Introduction: Renaissance Musical Style and Notation


1. Mode


2. Introduction to Two-Part Species Counterpoint


3. First Species


4. Second Species


5. Third Species


6. Fourth Species


7. Mixed Values


8. Counterpoint with Repetition of a Motive


9. Motivic Variation


10. Cadence Formulas in Two Voices


11. Two Parts in Mixed Values


12. The Imitative Duo


13. Invertible Counterpoint


14. Three Parts


15. Three Parts in Mixed Values


16. The Three-Voice Invertible Canon


17. Four-Part Writing


18. Adding Three Parts in Mixed Values to a CF


19. Four Parts in Mixed Values


20. Composing a Whole Piece


Appendices


1. Text Setting


2. Improvisation and Ornamentation


3. Solmization


4. Sample Motive Placements


5. The Invertible Duo


Bibliography


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780195109122
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York :
Author:
null, Peter
Author:
Schubert, Peter
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Counterpoint
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Music | Music History, Western | Early Music, Medieval,
Subject:
Music - Music History, Western - Early Music, Medieval, and Renaissance
Subject:
Music | Music History, Western | Early Music, Medieval, & Renaissance
Publication Date:
19990513
Binding:
Spiral, comb or coil bound book
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
582 illus. and musical examples
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.800 x 10.700 in 1.769 lb

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