Counterpoint

Theory III

MUSI 2311

 

 

Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson

Office 122   Phone: Ext. 9238

Email:  vjohnson@tarleton.edu

 

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The dates given in the right column are the due dates, not the day we will work on assignments in class.  If there is ever a problem with an assignment (technology problem, don't understand it, can't find it, etc.) do not wait until the due date (or time) to explain your problem.

Week 1

Aug 29-Sep 2

Introduction

Counterpoint Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Melody

Counterpoint Melody

 

Vocabulary:

counterpoint, polyphony, cantus firmus, species     Counterpoint creates polyphony!

contour, compound interval, "turn back" rule, "cannonball effect", implied harmony, compound line

 

Exercise:

1.A  Error Detection, pp. 20-21

1.B.1  Critique of student melodies, pp. 21-22

 

Assignments due:

Wed

Blackboard setup

 

Wed

Read pp. xvii-xxii and 1-26 

 

Week 2

Sep 5-9

 

No class on Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1: Continued

 

Exercise: 

1.B.2  Analyze melodies featuring step progressions, compound lines, and/or sequences, pp. 22-24

 

 

 

 

Assignments due:

FriQuiz over Chapter 1

Next

 

1.C  Write five melodies. 

Read p. 24 for specific instructions and helpful suggestions to get you started

Make at least 3 of your melodies 8 measures long

Week 3

Sep 12-16

Chapter 2: First Species - 1:1

Species I

print this

 

Exercise:

2.A  Error Detection p. 40

2.B  Analysis, pp. 40-41

 

W: circle NHT in 3-1b

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 27-42

 

Wed

Assignment 1

 

1.C  Write five melodies. 

Read p. 24 for specific instructions and helpful suggestions to get you started

Score melodies in Finale; start each one on a new line

 

Next

2.C.1, 2, and 4 only on p 41, 42

Note: on #1, write the counterpoint below the cantus firmus

On #2 and 4, write the counterpoint above the cantus firmus

Week 4

Sep 19-23

 

Chapter 3: Second Species - 2:1

Species II

 

Exercise:

3.A  Error Detection, p. 56

3.B  Analysis, p. 56

 

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 43-58

 

Wed

Assignment 2

2.C.1, 2, and 4 only on p 41, 42

Note: on #1, write the counterpoint above the cantus firmus

On #2 and 4, write the counterpoint below the cantus firmus

 

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide intervallic analysis between staves

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

 

Next

3.C Composition, pp. 57-58

3.C.1 Convert 1:1 to 2:1

3.C.2  Compose a second-species line above each cantus firmus (CF)

3.C.3.a Compose a second-species line below the CF

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide intervallic analysis between staves

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

Circle and label all non-harmonic tones (this can be done by hand)

Week 5

Sep 26-30

 

Chapter 4: Third Species - 3:1 and 4:1

Species III

Species IV

Species V

 

Exercise:

4.A  Error Detection, p. 76

4.B  Analysis, p. 77

4.B.1  Circle and label non-harmonic tones

4.B.2  Supply Roman numeral analysis

4.C Composition, p. 79

4.C.1.a Provide a 3:1 counterpoint above the CF

4.C.1.d Provide a 4:1 counterpoint below the CF

 

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 59-80

 

Wed

Assignment 3

 

3.C Composition, pp. 57-58

3.C.1 Convert 1:1 to 2:1

3.C.2  Compose a second-species line above each cantus firmus (CF)

3.C.3.a Compose a second-species line below the CF

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide intervallic analysis between staves

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

Circle and label all non-harmonic tones (this can be done by hand)

Next

4.C Composition, pp. 77-79

4.C.1 Convert 1:1 to 3:1 and 4:1

4.C.2 Complete the lower voice in a 3:1 setting, distributing the rhythmic motion between the voices

4.C.3 Complete the upper voice in a 4:1 setting, distributing the rhythmic motion between the voices

4.C.4 Do a and d only

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide intervallic analysis between staves

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

Circle and label all non-harmonic tones (this can be done by hand)

 

Week 6

Oct 3-7

 

Chapter 5: Analyzing & Composing a Simple Piece in Two Parts

Exercise:

5.A  Error Detection, pp. 92-93

5.B  Analysis, pp. 93-96

For both compositions:

  • label and draw brackets over phrases

  • label each phrase with a lowercase letter and each section with an uppercase letter

  • name the type of binary form (balanced, rounded, asymmetrical)

5.C.1  Composition

Complete Figure 5-2 by writing a counterpoint to the melody Danny Boy (Air from County Derry). The score is provided on p. 85, but first read the guidelines on p. 96.

 

Counterpoint Jingles


 
p. 299 in Theory for Today's Musician

allemande, courante,sarabande and gigue. Optional movements include: air, bourree (lively dance), gavotte(moderately fast dance), minuet, polonaise, and prelude.

 

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 81-97

Wed

Assignment 4

 

4.C Composition, pp. 77-79

4.C.1 Convert 1:1 to 3:1 and 4:1

4.C.2 Complete the lower voice in a 3:1 setting, distributing the rhythmic motion between the voices

4.C.3 Complete the upper voice in a 4:1 setting, distributing the rhythmic motion between the voices

4.C.4 Do a and d only

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide intervallic analysis between staves

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

Circle and label all non-harmonic tones (this can be done by hand)

 

Fri

Coordinate group project (see below)

 

NextGroup Project

5.C.3  Follow instructions in textbook

Note:  The typical order of a dance suite is:

Allemande - Courante - Sarabande - Gigue

Include these and then the optional ones if others are needed in your group

Groups:

  1. Jorge, Megan, Rudy, Madelena, Logan
  2. Skylar, Chris, Carissa, Mattie, Oscar
  3. Ethan, Audrey, Racheal, Morgan, Kaitlin
   

 

Week 7

Oct 10-14

 

Review for Midterm Exam

 

Pretest:

  • p. 42, 1:1, 2.C.3 (major, CF below)

  • p. 58, 2:1, 3.C.3.b (major, CF above)

  • p. 79, 3:1, 4.c.4.B (minor, CF above)

  • p. 79, 4:1, 4.C.4.c (minor, CF below)

Similar to the pretest, the midterm will consist of four CFs, for which you will add the appropriate counterpoint as specified.  For each example, provide Roman numeral and intervallic analysis.  In addition, label all non-harmonic tones.

 

Friday:  p. 92 Error detection

 

Assignments due:

 

No new assignments this week.  Continue working on group project.

 

Take-home midterm exam will be handed out on Friday, October 14 and will be due in class on Monday, October 17.

 

 

Week 8

Oct 17-21

 

HOMECOMING WEEK

Chapter 6: Double Counterpoint

 

Exercise:

6.A  Analysis, pp. 111-14

Name the type of invertible counterpoint featured in each example, choosing from octave(s), tenth, or twelfth

 

Invertible Counterpoint

Assignments due:

Mon

Midterm Exam due

Mon

Read pp. 99-115

FriAssignment 5

Group Project

5.C.3  Follow instructions in textbook

Note:  The typical order of a dance suite is:

Allemande - Courante - Sarabande - Gigue

Include these and then the optional ones if others are needed in your group

Groups:

  1. Jorge, Megan, Rudy, Madelena, Logan
  2. Skylar, Chris, Carissa, Mattie, Oscar
  3. Ethan, Audrey, Racheal, Morgan, Kaitlin

Excellent Prezi to explain the Baroque dance suite

How to get rid of lyric extension lines

Be sure to listen to both melodies separately!!

How to listen to one staff at a time

 

Week 9

Oct 24-28

 

 

Chapter 7: Two-Part Canon

 

Exercise:

7.A  Error Detection, pp. 136-37

7.B  Analysis, pp. 138-41

Identify canon types, choosing from canon at the unison, octave(s), double canon, inversion, and other transformations

7.C.1  Composition

Use Zelter's canon theme on p. 141 as the basis of an 8-12-measure canon at the octave

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 117-43

Next

7.C  Composition, p. 141

7.C.2 Compose an original canon with a cadence, 8-12 measures in length at the double octave

7.C.3 Do 7.C.2 above at another interval

 

Week 10

Oct 31-Nov 4

 

 Chapter 8: J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions

 

Exercise:

8.A.1  No. 13 in A Minor, pp. 167-70

8.A.2  No. 2 in C Minor, p. 171

 

See p. 166 for step-by-step guidelines

 

8.B.1  Complete Figure 8-3 on p. 165

 

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 145-74

Wed

Assignment 6

 

7.C  Composition, p. 141

7.C.2 Compose an original canon with a cadence, 8-12 measures in length at the double octave

7.C.3 Do 7.C.2 above at another interval

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

 

 

 

Extra credit if you dress up on Halloween.

Note:  If you have to explain it to me, it doesn't count.

Week 11

Nov 7-11

 

Chapter 8: Continued

 

Exercise:

 

Assignments due:

Next

8.B.2 Write a brief (i.e., 2-measure) cantus firmus and then apply the learned devices given on pp. 158-60.  This assignment must be notated on Finale.

 

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide Roman numeral and interval analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

 

 

Week 12

Nov14-18

 

Chapter 9: Counterpoint in Three and Four Parts

Three Voices

 

Exercise:

9.A  Error Detection, pp. 194-95

9.B  Analysis, pp. 195-97

9.C.1  Complete Yankee Doodle, pp. 189-90

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 175-99

Wed

Assignment 7

 

8.B.2 Write a brief (i.e., 2-measure) cantus firmus and then apply the learned devices given on pp. 158-60.

 

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide Roman numeral and interval analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

 

Next

 

9.C.2 Composition, p. 197  Add two contrapuntal lines to Bryant's Devoted to You

9.C.3 Add three contrapuntal lines to Nigerian folk song L'abe Igi Orombo (Under the Orange Tree) 

 

 

 

Week 13

Nov 21-23

 

THANKSGIVING

Chapter 10: Fugue

 

Exercise:

10.A.1  State whether each subject should have a real or tonal answer

10.A.2  Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, Fugue No. 6 in D Minor.  See pp. 226-27 for step-by-step guidelines

 

Assignments due:

Mon

Read pp. 201-28

Wed

Assignment 8

 

9.C.2 Composition, p. 197. Add two contrapuntal lines to Bryant's Devoted to You

9.C.3 Add three contrapuntal lines to Nigerian folk song L'abe Igi Orombo (Under the Orange Tree) 

 

Score on Finale; start each one on a new line

Provide interval analysis and Roman numeral analysis (use Lyric tool in Finale)

 

Week 14

Nov 28-Dec 2

 

Chapter 10: Continued

 

Exercise:

10.A.2 Fugue No. 5 in D Major

 

 

Pretest:

10.B.2  Composition, p. 227 

See p. 226 for step-by-step guidelines

 

Course Reflection Discussion Assignment:

Week 15

Dec 5-7(last class day)

 

Final exam:  Monday Dec 12, 3:00-5:30pm

 

Grade calculator

Final Exam Test Description:

 

Similar to the pretest, the final exam will be a structural analysis of a three- or four-voice fugue from Vol. 1 of Bach's WTC, to be selected by the instructor.  For the analysis, you are to follow the step-by-step guidelines used in class.

 

Final exam fugue analysis mp3

 

Exams are due by (or before) Monday Dec. 12 at 3:00pm

 

 

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