Summer ad Parnassum (1:1 Aeolian)

1:1 Above Cantus


What I like: Honestly, I think this one is pretty good. I managed to start on the 5th (which I’ve mentioned is trickier for me somehow) and I think the counterpoint has good independence and shape. The leap down to E in measure 10 might seem a bit abrupt but I didn’t want 4 parallel 6ths. That E provides a lot of independence of the upper voice.

What I don’t like: I have been told to not make my counterpoints or melodies too motivic. There are many times when the counterpoint ascends a third and then descends a step (mm. 2-4, 4-6, 7-9). That does pull away from the flow of the melody a bit but it strikes me as a minor concern.

1:1 Below Cantus

What I like: Everything. My low peak note happens at a different time than the CF’s high peak, there isn’t a fixation on a specific pitch, good balance of stepwise motion and leaps, this one has it ALL, baby!

What I don’t like: Can you use too many 6s and 3s? Should I be using some perfect intervals to change up the variety between the voices? Also, I don’t have a high peak. That strikes me as less of a problem. My brain tries to put a high peak in counterpoints above the CF but low peaks (troughs, if you will) when writing below. That is my story and I’m sticking to it.

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