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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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Summer ad Parnassum (4:1 Ionian)

4:1 Above Cantus What I like: I like the ease at which I can produce these things now. When I started this podcast, none of these ideas were new and foreign but there were a few details that were revelations to me (like not allowing neighbor tones *grumble grumble*). Now that I’m done with the […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4:1 Aeolian)

4:1 Above Cantus What I like: I like the first half of this a lot. I had tremendous troubles with measures 3 and 4 since I was hoping beyond hope to have a cambiata in measure 4. This reinforces my “make a plan and you’ll only have to rebel against your plan” lessons that I […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4:1 Mixolydian)

4:1 Above Cantus What I like: Well, it won’t cause the Earth to crash into the Sun. I like that I’m using more leaps and being almost cavalier about it. What I don’t like: I like the terraced steps of the opening being stitched together by the long descent in measure 4-6.┬áThere is a battuta […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4:1 Phrygian)

4:1 Above Cantus What I like: I like stepwise motion and this thing has two, count them TWO full octave scale runs. And a cambiata. The few leaps that happen are well timed and quite refreshing. What I don’t like: Are these scales signaling a lack of creativity? I think I need more skips to […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (4:1 Dorian)

It has been a while, I took a week off to do some other projects (mostly sewing). But I’m back in action. Woo. 4:1 Above Cantus What I like: This one is okay. I did some last minute revisions when I realized that the first four measures had a range of a perfect 4th. I […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (2:1 Ionian)

2:1 Above Cantus What I like: I’m pretty satisfied with this one. I wrote it rather quickly and things just seemed to click into place. What I don’t like: You see that leap of a 4th that I didn’t compensate for in measure 3? Well I didn’t see it until just now. This is one […]

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Summer ad Parnassum (2:1 Aeolian)

2:1 Above Cantus What I like: I really like this one. The contours are smoother and more natural and there seems to be direction and purpose to the counterpoint. What I don’t like: Nothing. This one’s all good, baby. 2:1 Below Cantus What I like: Love the scale descent at the beginning and I like […]

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