The orientation is strongly stylistic, dealing mainly with the polyphony of the late Baroque period. Three aspects are stressed throughout: practical work in writing counterpoint, utilizing various textures, devices, and genre of the period; historical background, to establish the origins of different forms and justify the pedagogical method employed here; analysis of selections from music literature, often in voice leading reductions.
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After an opening chapter that reviews some general features of the late Baroque period, there is a brief survey of melodic characteristics and a study of procedures associated with two, three, and four voices. Key features include: initial note-against-note settings employing cantus firmus give way to more involved diminution techniques and then to consideration of the chorale prelude; introduces invertible and imitation counterpoint, culminating in the study of canon, invention, and fugue; and includes appropriately placed separate chapters on chromaticism, contrapuntal devices, variation, and choral writing.
The written explanations are clear, concise, and well supported with musical examples. Gauldin's practical approaches and the abundant documentation he presents. Usually ships in 24 hours. Arrival in 13 to 18 working days. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since Unread copy in perfect condition.
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Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals. Practical work in writing counterpoint! Gauldin emphasizes the acquisition of writing skills in the contrapuntal discipline and the simulation of sixteenth-century sacred polyphonic idioms in this volume. The author follows a didactic method of a non-species or direct approach. While no previous contrapuntal training is necessary to absorb this material, some acquaintance with Baroque polyphonic terminology proves helpful.
Key features include: musical examples illustrating specific devices are taken from musical literature or composed by the author; demonstrates the possibility of employing a single given pitch series within the contexts of different compositional techniques; includes a collection of complete or excerpted movements drawn from musical literature at the conclusion of each major textual division; emphasizes Palestrina and the Counter-Reformation sacred style; discusses various compositional procedures of the late Renaissance, including paraphrase, cantus firmus, familiar style, parody, polychoral technique, and chromaticism.
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