University of South Carolina
School of Music

BAIN MUSC 729
Contrapuntal Techniques

Summer 2016


Alexander Street | Blackboard | Google Books | Grove | J.S. Bach | JSTOR | Naxos | WorldCat


C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
1.

Species Counterpoint &
Renaissance Techniques

2. Baroque Techniques
3. Classical & Romantic
Techniques

Twentieth-Century
Techniques

Blackboard

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf)
  2. MUSC 729 Digital Media Resources
  3. Final Presentation
  4. Academic Integrity and the Carolinian Creed
  5. Student Services

Course Description

Contrapuntal procedures from the 16th through the 20th centuries with an emphasis on the music of J.S. Bach and its influence on later composers.

Textbook

Owen, Harold. 1992. Modal and Tonal Counterpoint: From Josquin to Stravinsky. New York: Schirmer/Cengage, 1992

Resources

  1. Terms & Concepts
  2. Species Counterpoint
  3. Tymoczko's Five Components of Tonality
  4. Figured Bass
  5. Harmonic Function
  6. J.S. Bach

Bibliography

BAIN MUSC 729 Book Bibliography on WorldCat

Alvira, José Rodríguez. Teoria. Available online: <http://www.teoria.com>.

Benjamin, Thomas. 2003. The Craft of Modal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB}

_______________. 2003. The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB}

Cowell, Henry. 1930/1996. New Musical Resources. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Davidian, Teresa. 2015. Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician: An Introduction. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield. {GB}

Fux, Johann Joseph. 1725/1965. The Study of Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum.
      Translated and edited by Alfred Mann. New York: W. W. Norton. {GB}

Gauldin, Robert. 2013. A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint, Revised Edition. Long Grove: IL, Waveland Press. {GB}

_____________. 2013. A Practical Approach to Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint, Revised Edition. Long Grove: IL, Waveland Press. {GB}

_____________. 2004. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music, 2nd ed. New York: Norton. {GBd}

Jeppesen, Knud. 1939/1992. Counterpoint: The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth Century. Mineola, NY: Dover. {GB}

Kennan, Kent. 1999. Counterpoint, 4th ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. {GBd}

Kerman, Joseph. 2015. The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715–1750. Berkeley: University of California Press. {GB; Open Access: JSTOR}

Krenek, Ernst. 1940. Studies in Counterpoint: Based on the Twelve-Tone Technique. New York: G. Schirmer. {GBd}

Owen, Harold. 1992. Modal and Tonal Counterpoint: From Josquin to Stravinsky. New York: Schirmer/Cengage, 1992. {GBd}

Laitz, Steven. 2015. The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis, and Listening, 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lester, Joel. 1992. Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University of Press. {GB}

Meyer, Leonard. 1989. Style and Music: Theory, History, and Ideology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. {GB}

Perle, George. 1962/1991. Serial Composition and Atonality, 6th ed. rev. Berkeley: University of California Press. {GB}

Piston, Walter. 1947. Counterpoint. New York: Norton. {GBd}

Russo, William. 1968. Jazz Composition and Orchestration. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. {GB}

Salzer, Felix and Carl Schachter. 1989. Counterpoint in Composition: The Study of Voice Leading. New York: Columbia University Press. {GBd}

Schoenberg, Arnold, and Leonard Stein. 1963/2003. Preliminary exercises in counterpoint. Pacific Palisades, CA: Belmont Music Publishers.

Smith, Timothy A. 1996. The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach. Available online at: <http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/bachindex.html>.

Straus, Joseph. 2016. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. New York: Norton. {GB}

Taneiev, Serge I. 1962. Convertible Counterpoint. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. {GB}

Yearsley, David. 2002. Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Tymoczko, Dmitri. 2011. A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice.
      New York: Oxford University Press. {GB}

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Updated: July 5, 2018

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