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The composer’s problem is to add to existing music, and that requires a different kind of thinking. Here, our aim will be to explain contrapuntal principles so as to provide the most general applications possible. In the proposed variant, the dissonant F and its resolution are doubled at the 6th in the middle part, creating a much richer effect, more in tune with the style of the opening bars.
As will be seen later, this is the main use for invertible counterpoint at the tenth: The former are general principles, which cannot be avoided if the music is to be performable at all; the latter are, by nature, provisional rules of thumb designed to avoid common elementary problems, or to force the student to concentrate on a particular problem and to avoid others that might be confusing.
This is an area where the standard species approach fails pitifully. Why analysis for composers?
And finally, what makes great pieces as powerfully expressive as they are? However, they are not really very disturbing ciunterpoint the ear, because the notes in question are not accented, not on corresponding beats, and the motives in the two bars do not correspond. The purpose of the proposed course is to explore various pieces from the standard repertoire from the point of view of a composer.
Principles of Counterpoint
Unless otherwise indicated, all the musical examples are my own, and are covered by copyright. We will not repeat, in detail, information easily available elsewhere.
If the modulation is not to counterpoibt confused, this line must be in the foreground. I am a composer and a teacher with many years experience.
Counterpoint | Alan Belkin Music
Now that the Modern Harmony and the Applied Counterpoint courses are complete, I will be offering a new course: Salient parallel 5ths and 8ves. Such exercises are challenging, and should be part of every program of contrapuntal study. Beethoven wrote dozens of pieces in sonata form, but what makes them all different from each other? The composer has to decide all of these things when composing.
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The other volumes are Orchestration and Harmony. Most explanations of modulation focus on pivot chords; however the way newly altered tones are approached melodically is at least as important in making a modulation convincing to the ear.
But this kind of knowledge can only come from asking these questions. I offer private lessons in these subjects via Skype. Often counterpolnt analyst is engaged in dividing up an existing work into sections, and in exploring how the harmony and motives work.
Pitch and rhythm are certainly very important, but they are not always the main factors behind the music’s expressive effect. The fact that the tied F in the alto progresses by leap suggests that it is a chord tone; the fact that the lower parts do not move to a clear consonance make it difficult to consider them as just passing tones. The main advantages belin the species approach, especially for beginners, are: All grow out of my own experience as a composer.
But at worst, the student is constrained by a hodgepodge of inconsistent rules, and wastes a great deal of time struggling to avoid situations that are musically unobjectionable. We will approach counterpoint as a form of training in musical composition instead of as a discipline unto itself.
Most approaches limit themselves more or less closely to one style, and make some attempt at graduated exercises, often derived from the species method of Fux. However, certain parallel 5ths and 8ves, although prohibited in conventional species counterpoint, are quite innocuous, belkib unnoticeable. Is it merely local color or does it articulate the arrival of a major new section?
The overall effect is distracting, creating an inappropriate accent. Preface Introduction The teaching of counterpoint bwlkin a long and illustrious history, but its pedagogy is all too often abstracted from musical reality. Most of the examples, apart from those which are excerpts from longer compositions of mine, are intended for the voice.
The main problem with scholastic approaches is that they often substitute rigid rules for flexible general principles, and thus fail to provide guidance in enough varied musical situations to be useful in practice. Now I’m retired and I want these courses to be available to a larger audience, online.
We will try to define some general principles of counterpoint, in flexible ways which belkjn transferable to real musical situations, and not limited to the style of one period. A pdf version of this book is available for download here. If such pedagogical constraints are presented as global rules, they lead quickly to nonsense. In short, this book is more about the “why” of counterpoint than the “what”.
The only major exception to beokin rule is the appogiatura approached by leap ; however in this case the leap to the dissonance is used as a motive. Real world uses of counterpoint. Put another way, music, no matter how dense, is understood by one brain at a time.