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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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Counterpoint in Composering – Third Species

Six times through Third Species. I find it interesting how hard it is for me to NOT repeat a note in my 1:1 writing no matter where that 1:1 voice is. 4:1:CF (4:1 soprano, 1:1 middle, CF bass) Assessment: I really used the “hit the downbeats and fill in from there” approach. Don’t know that it […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: Second Species

Gah. There are too many configurations here. Some of these are better than others, I’m not going to bore you with a detailed slog through the rights and wrongs. Consider this a public “working out” in a contrapuntal way. 2:1:CF (2:1 in the soprano, 1:1 in the middle, CF in the bass) Assessment: This one […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: Assignment 1

The assignment for my counterpoint class was simple: compose 3 note-against-note counterpoints. Two of these are in two voices (one above the CF, one below) and a three voice example with both new voices on top of the CF. The students chose their own CFs for the 2 voice examples and we all used the […]

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Counterpoint in Composering: In-class work

Today in my counterpoint class we worked through our first three-voice first species exercises. I put a cantus firmus on the board and we talked through all the considerations of 1:1 in three voices. Here is what we came up with: The biggest issue we ran into as class time ran out was how to […]

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Counterpoint in Composering – First Species

I picked a random cantus firmus from page 11 of the Counterpoint in Composition text and wrote counterpoints for each possible CF position. Example 1: Cantus firmus in the bass Assessment? This is my first one and I was rather surprised at how much more restrictive Salzer and Schachter are than Fux. While there are […]

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Counterpoint Homework

Remember my whole “Summer ad Parnassum” blog series from a few years ago? Sure you do. Well, I’m at it again in a limited series. I’m teaching counterpoint again and this year, instead of the Fux, I’m using the Salzer and Schachter book Counterpoint in Composition. I love this book for many reasons and I’ve adopted […]

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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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