In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Knud Jeppesen
Counterpoint - Polyphonic Vocal Style of the 16th Century


Outline History of Contrapuntal Theory

Technical Features

Two-Part Counterpoint

Three-Part Counterpoint

Four-Part Counterpoint

Counterpoint in More Than Four Parts

The Canon

The Motet

The Mass

The classic introductory text focuses on the polyphonic vocal style perfected by Palestrina. Unlike many other texts, it maintains a careful balance between theoretical and practical problems, between historical and systematic methodology. The result is an exceptional useful resource, ideal for classroom use in teaching modal counterpoint. The first part of the book explores the beginning of contrapuntal theory from the ninth to the fourteenth century. This is followed by separate discussions of each succeeding century, the styles of Palestrina and Bach and ends with a section illuminating coverage of notation, the ecclesiastical modes, melody and harmony. The second part of the book contains an extended treatment of "species" counterpoint in two, three and four parts and specific discussions of the cannon, the motet and the Mass.

Item code: 6574B | Book | $15.95 add item to cart
Early Music | 230 Pages | Softcover | 6 x 8
9780486270364 | 06-27036X

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