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Counterpoint in Composering: Fourth Species

Fourth species. The most problematic species, for me at least, and my least favorite. Using the Salzer/Schachter book made it significantly easier though: they break species TWICE with regularity. The certainly clears up things a bit, let me tell you. I did these six exercises rather quickly so there are probably strict things that I […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th species Ionian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: For as much as I don’t like this particular cantus, I do like this counterpoint. I think it does all the sorts of things that this exercise is supposed to do. What I don’t like: Too much C. I don’t think I get enough departure from that tonic […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th species Aeolian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: If anyone is still reading these posts, I like the things I usually like, except less than normal. What I don’t like: The range is too restricted. I feel like it noodles around from A – F too much. 4th Species Below Cantus What I like: Invertible counterpoint, […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th Species: Mixolydian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: This one is pretty mundane, save for the m6 leap in measure 9. I’m always happy when I can arpeggiate a triad that isn’t on tonic. What I don’t like: Too much descending stepwise motion all between A and E in the first 2/3rd of this. It is […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th Species: Lydian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: Maybe it is the serialist in me talking, but I like the wedge of 5-4-3-2-1 in the first few measures. I like arriving on the E in measure 6, too, only to top out on the F at the end. What I don’t like: Again, I don’t like […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th species: Phrygian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: First of all, I like that I did these Phrygian and Dorian examples while waiting out a delay in the Milwaukee airport last week. That really boosts the geek factor. With the Phrygian cantus, the octave leap has always been a problem for me. This species made it […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4th species: Dorian)

4th Species Above Cantus What I like: This is my first one out of the gate and it turned out okay. Just okay. I don’t ever recall doing 4th species exercises before, I think we always glossed over these and just talked about how suspensions work. What I don’t like: LOTS of errors, I feel. […]

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