The Art of Counterpoint
This course will instruct students in the fundamental principles of free counterpoint (i.e., composition with melodic lines) with an emphasis on two-part writing. Through the utilization of a three-pronged focus on principles, literature, and experiential practice, students will complete exercises and projects involving composition and performance within the common-practice period with additional attention to and experience in contemporary tonal practice.
Tonal Counterpoint 1
Free counterpoint within a functional tonal context. Emphasis on two-voice writing, binary, and melodic phrase forms.
Tonal Two-Part Canon and Invention
Continuation of CP-211. A thorough study of canon and two-part invention through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language.
Art of Counterpoint 2
A thorough study of the Two and Three-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language. There will be two projects, a two-part invention and a three-part invention in the style of Bach.
Analysis and writing of three- and four-voice imitative counterpoint based on traditional models. Models include fugue, chorale prelude, and passacaglia or chaconne.
The course is based on the examination of different realms of 20th-century counterpoint through the detailed analysis of contrapuntal styles and techniques of leading innovative composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Bartók, Messiaen, Honegger, Barber, and composers of the New Viennese School. More recent stages in the evolution of counterpoint will be studied in examples by Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, and Gubaidulina, as well as contemporary American composers (including Berklee composers).
Jazz Counterpoint 1
Study of the process for creating multiline textures in a given melodic and/or harmonic situation. Voice-leading, melodic analysis and embellishment, rhythm, and form. Assigned written projects to emphasize the role of contrapuntal practices in arranging.
Jazz Counterpoint 2
Continuation of CP-361. Emphasis on the role that counterpoint plays in jazz composition.