The Craft of Modal Counterpoint: A Practical Approach

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Psychology Press, 2005 - 190 pàgines
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"The Craft of Modal Counterpoint" is the companion book to Benjamin's "The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint," recently republished in a second edition by Routledge. Modal counterpoint is the style of composition that was employed until the "tonal" revolution pioneered by Bach; it is the basis for most Early Music.
Benjamin, a composer and pedagogue, offers a complete analysis of this important musical style. He begins by covering general aspects of the style, then covers in detail two, three, and four-part counterpoint. The Motet, an important form of vocal composition in this period, is studied separately. The book concludes with a brief anthology of key scores, 15 in all, for the student to study further. Also includes 132 musical examples.
 

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General Stylistic Aspects
1
Texture
5
Text Setting
6
Notation and Performance Practice
7
Rhythm and Meter
9
Note Values
10
Harmony
11
General Observations
12
Imitation in TwoVoice Texture
51
General Observations
54
Invertible Counterpoint at the Octave
57
Invertible Counterpoint at the Twelfth
60
ThreeVoice Counterpoint
62
General Observations
65
Harmony
67
Dissonance Treatment
71

Accidentals Musica Ficta
14
Cadences
17
Chords
20
Melody
21
General Observations
22
Other Aspects of Melody
25
Typical QuarterNote Idioms
28
TwoVoice Counterpoint
34
General Observations
38
Phrase and Form
39
Technical Details
40
Intervallic Relationships
42
Cadential Idioms
45
Comments on TwoVoice Composition
46
Cadential Idioms
74
Imitation
75
Comments on ThreeVoice Composition
77
Counterpoint in Four Voices
83
The Motet
85
General Observations
86
Comments on Motet Writing
92
Suggestions for Further Study
96
An Anthology of Complete Works
97
Bibliography
187
Discography
188
Index
189
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Thomas Benjamin is Professor of History and a member of the Center for Transnational and Comparative History at Central Michigan University. He is editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450 and co-editor of The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire.

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