MUSI2074 Introduction to Contrapuntal Techniques and Styles
Course Type: core/compulsory for music majors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: MUSI2070
Instructor: Professor Daniel CHUA
Semester: Second Semester 2020/21
Time: 10:30am – 12:20pm, Wednesday
Venue: CRT-11.01 Seminar Room
This course examines the principles of linear structure and voice-leading through an intensive study of species counterpoint in two and three parts. This will help students to understand the logic of music – how notes fit together, their implications and resolutions. In turn, this will provide students with a solid basis for analysing and composing music.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • apply basic techniques in species contrapuntal writing;
  • compose simple examples in two-voice contrapuntal writing in various styles.
Continuous Assessment  80% (This will take into account the quality of work, attendance and progress. At the end of the course, students will be asked to submit 3-6 specific pieces of work as portfolio of exercises.)
2 In-class Tests 20% (These are one-hour tests designed to focus the mind on mastering the discipline.)
  • Species Counterpoint (from first species to fifth species)
Fux, Johann Joseph. Gradus Ad Parnassum, translated by Alfred Mann as The Study of Counterpoint.