Modal Counterpoint Renaissance Style

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 12/18/2007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 Renaissancetreatises, 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 todevelop 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, students are writing real compositions, not just drillexercises. The text also features progressively graded exercises, historical asides that explain important topics and issues of the period, and some notes in the preface on using the book in the classroom. Combining the historical accuracy of "style-oriented" texts with the more systematic speciescounterpoint approach, this book offers a unique alternative to other methods. Now in its second edition, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style integrates improvisation activities and new repertoire examples into many chapters; revises the chapter on three-part writing (Chapter 14) so that it pays more attention to rules and strategies; reworks the chapters on cadences(Chapter 10) and on writing two parts in mixed values (Chapter 11) to make them more accessible to students; incorporates clarified instructions throughout; and includes a summary of rules.

Table of Contents

Note to the Student Note to the Instructor
Introduction: Renaissance Musical Style and Notation
Introduction to Two-Part Species Counterpoint
First Species
Second Species
Third Species
Fourth Species
Mixed Values
Counterpoint with Repetition of a Motive
Motivic Variation
Cadence Formulas in Two Voices
Two Parts in Mixed Values
The Imitative Duo
Invertible Counterpoint
Three Parts
Three Parts in Mixed Values
The Three-Voice Invertible Canon
Four-Part Writing
Adding Three Parts in Mixed Values to a CF
Four Parts in Mixed Values
Composing a Whole Piece
Text Setting
Canon Against a CF
Sample Motive Placements
The Invertible Duo
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