MUS 301 Fall 2014 Modal Counterpoint

Counterpoint, the study of the ways independent melodic lines can be joined in music, has been essential to musical and compositional instruction for centuries. Counterpoint was taught by Mozart, studied by Beethoven, and to this day remains an integral part of compositional training. The course will introduce students to species counterpoint in two and three voices--exercises that develop discipline in polyphonic writing, hearing, and thinking. The exercises will focus on the constraints of sixteenth-century vocal polyphony (music of Palestrina and Lassus) but will illustrate how such contrapuntal discipline is also manifest in music of Bach, Brahms and Debussy. The species exercises will lead to a final composition project, such as the emulation of a motet in sixteenth-century style.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written exercises and emulation projects
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: MUS 103 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Music majors and those with previous music theory training
Department Notes: MUS Group B Electives --classes 2015 and 2016
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: MUS Group B Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1819
MUS 301 - 01 (F) LEC Modal Counterpoint Division 1: Languages and the Arts Ed Gollin
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Bernhard 29 1819
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