Counterpoint Studies - First Species
Textbook: "The Study of Counterpoint" from Johann Joseph Fux's "Gradus ad Parnassum", translated and edited by Alfred Mann. Each student should have his/her own copy of this text. Order Textbook - Gradus ad Parnassum
In this collaborative learning class, we'll each study the book on our own and do the exercises. Each student can then post his/her exercises for others to learn from and to give feedback. We can learn just as much from checking each other's exercises as we do from writing out the exercises ourselves! Note that there is a Finale 2011 file attached with all the exercises from First Species. If you work in Sibelius, it would be great for you to share a file with all the other Sibelius users.
Steps for this class:
In this famous textbook, counterpoint is taught using the practices of Palestrina's time. The rules of counterpoint and voice leading are taught gradually, by ascending "species":
Glossary of terms:
Melodic rules which apply across all species:
First Species - counterpoint is set against the cantus firmus, one note against one note.
Hello Michael, Stephanie, Karl and Gabe (and whoever else drops in to this class!)
Welcome! Two things ...
Be back soon!!
Hi Everyone - I would also like to join this class. Hopefully there is an electronic version of the Fux book.
Hello counterpoint class!
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I got my book im here
Question: Is the Finale .MUS file above basically the same as the .PDF above? If so, then we can possibly export MusicXML from Finale, and import directly into Sibelius.
Sibelius Users : Please try to import the attached Music XML file above directly into Sibelius: CounterpointSpeciesOne.xml
Gabe, would you try importing the .xml file into Sibelius and see if you can create a .sib file that way? It could save a lot of entry time.
All three files - Finale 2011, .pdf and .xml are at the bottom of the original discussion. Gabe will be adding a .sib file for Sibelius users. Thanks, Gabe!
Here is the Sibelius file that I get by importing the XML and saving.
That .sib file looks great, Gabe! Thanks! Will that work for you to start the exercises? All our current and future Sibelius users thank you, and you just got 20 extra bonus points!!
Hi, Michael - so glad you have the book now and that the overview is inspiring you! We're all excited about this class. Next step: read the introduction in the book and do the first two exercises in Dorian, then post the .pdf file here for everyone to check. Remember, everyone gets points for their work, and for checking each other's work. So here we go!!!!
That's so exciting, Stephanie! Hope you enjoy reading the introduction and getting started ....
Stephanie Wang said:
I got the book!