Counterpoint in Composition: The Study of Voice Leading / Edition 1

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— Stanley Persky, City University of New York

This landmark study focuses on conterpoint as a self-contained discipline, and also on its relationship to other aspects of composition: harmony, form, and design.

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Editorial Reviews

Stanley Persky
This book may become the most important music theory book for the next few generations of theorists, composers and performers.
A reprint (with a short new preface by Schachter) of a 1969 McGraw- Hill book. Although the field of music theory and the teaching of theoretical disciplines have changed significantly in 20 years, this work is still suitable as a text for a combined course in harmony and counterpoint. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231070393
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1989
  • Edition description: Columbia University Press Morningside ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 9.93 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Felix Salzer was a Professor at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of Structural Hearing. Carl Schachter is a Professor at Queens College and at the Mannes School of Music and is the author of many essays on music theory.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1. The Techniques of Elementary Counterpoint 1. Cantus Firmus and First Species1. Cantus Firmus2. Two-part Counterpoint, First Species3. Three-part Counterpoint, First Species2. Second Species1. Two-part Counterpoint2. Three-point Counterpoint3. Third Species1. Two-part Counterpoint2. Three-part Counterpoint3. Three Notes against One4. Fourth Species1. Two-part Counterpoint2. Three-part Counterpoint5. Fifth Species1. Two-part Counterpoint2. Three-part CounterpointPart 2. The Techniques of Prolonged Counterpoint 6. Counterpoint in Composition, I1. The Direct Application of Species Counterpoint2. Two Major Influences on Contrapuntal Texture7. Counterpoint in Composition, II1. Melodic-contrapuntal Prolongations2. Counterpoint within Prolonged Chords3. The Evolution of Dissonance4. Repetition and Articulation5. Harmonic Influences on Voice Leading6. Chromaticism; Contrapuntal Leading-tone Chords7. Octaves and Fifths8. The Chorale1. The Elements of Chorale Writing2. Setting a Single Phrase3. Setting Groups of Two or More Phrases4. The Complete Chorale9. Combined Species1. Combination of Two Second Species2. Combination of Second and Third Species3. Combination of Second and Fourth Species4. Combination of Third and Fourth Species5. Combination of Two Fifth Species6. Progressions from Combined Species in Composition10. Voice-Leading Techniques in Historical Perspective (ca. 1450-ca. 1900)

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