Music of Alan Belkin; online courses by Alan Belkin. Veja grátis o arquivo Alan Belkin Principles of Counterpoint enviado para a disciplina de Fundamentos de Contraponto Categoria: Outros – I am a composer and a teacher with many years experience. I taught composition , harmony, orchestration and counterpoint for thirty years at the Université de.

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Nor can one hear them out of their harmonic context, at least as long as they are being played together. So we will not spend much time discussing the “standard” musical forms, but we will discuss why the composer chooses to organize the material in a particular way for maximum expressive impact. If the modulation is not to seem confused, this line must be in the foreground. Why analysis for composers? Enviado por Amanda flag Denunciar. Here, our aim will be to explain contrapuntal principles so as to provide the most general applications possible.

Principles of Counterpoint

While this sort of work may be appropriate for a beginner, it hardly constitutes real preparation for composing a musically convincing fugue, or for other, “real life” applications of counterpoint. How and why did he decide on these individual differences? We will approach counterpoint as a form of training in musical composition instead of as a discipline unto itself. Static elaboration neighbour notesgradual development passing tonesand more dramatic leaping movement arpeggiation.


This is especially flagrant when they leap. Each of the first two bars begins and ends with the same note; the ear notices both the accented notes, and the progression from the last note of the bar to the first note of the next. Here the top parts arrive at a consonance suggesting a D minor chord, and the bottom parts, coumterpoint their turn, suggest a first inversion C major chord.

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We will try to define some general principles of counterpoint, in flexible ways which are transferable to real musical situations, and not limited to the style of one period. The other volumes are Orchestration and Harmony.

Leaps are normally made to and countfrpoint chord tones; when there are several in a row, they are heard as outlining chords.

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Patreon U Creator Coaching. No matter how independent the lines in question, we always hear a whole — although with some perception of foreground and background — and not simply independent sounds. The material may be used free of charge eblkin that the author’s conterpoint is included. In fact, third species counterpoint corresponds almost exactly to the ancient tradition of “differencias”, wherein the student systematically explores all possible ways of filling. Legal proof of copyright exists.

Alan Belkin Principles of Counterpoint

A pdf version of this book is available for download here. Unless otherwise indicated, all the musical examples are my own, and are covered by copyright. As a composer, I want to know these things, since they help me with my own composition: What were the alternative solutions? The composer belkib to decide all of these things when composing. Such exercises are challenging, and should be part of every program of contrapuntal study.


To hear other examples of my music, please counterpont the worklist page. For those having problems with the plug-in required to hear the examples, Riccardo Distasi kindly wrote a script adding plain links for each example.

In the proposed variant, the dissonant F and its resolution are doubled at the 6th in the middle part, creating a much richer effect, more in tune with the style of the opening bars.

Such discussions help the student refine his hearing and better predict counterpoiint specific musical situations will be perceived; whereas blanket prohibitions do not encourage aural sensitivity.

It may seem odd to move from a discussion of line directly to one of harmony, while postponing discussion of the ways in which lines interact; however, harmony is best understood as the integration of simultaneous musical lines into alsn coherent ensemble.