MUSIC 3CT3 Tonal Counterpoint
Academic Year: Fall 2015
Instructor: Dr. William Renwick
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 409
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23671
Office Hours: Mondays 11:30; Tuesdays 10:30
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
The student will be able to write in various baroque musical forms: variation, binary dance, invention, and fugue. The class focuses on writing in the baroque style, with particular emphasis on figured-bass and voice-leading.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
All course materials on Avenue to Learn The following supplementary materials are available in the library: Bach, Carl Philip Emmanuel, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments (Cassel, 1949). Bach, Johann Sebastian, J.S. Bach's Precepts and Principles (Oxford, 1994). Gauldin, Robert, A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 1988). Kirnberger, Johann Philipp, The Art of Strict Musical Composition (Yale, 1982). Niedt, Friedrich Erhard, The Musical Guide (Oxford, 1989). Prout, Ebenezer, Fugue (Augener, 1891). Renwick, William. Analyzing Fugue: A Schenkerian Approach. Pendragon, 1995. Renwick, William. The Langloz Manuscript. Oxford, 2001.
Method of Assessment:
10 Assignments: 7% each. 70% One in-class test, Wednesday, October 1 10% Final exam: 20% Total: 100% Assignments, given on approximately a weekly basis, are due one week later. Assignments use skills and concepts discussed in class. In-class Test: This tests students' assimilation of the major topics of the course and serves as practice for the final exam. Final Exam: The final exam (2-hour) tests students' abilities at writing Baroque counterpoint. Late assignments will be accepted only by prior arrangement with the instructor.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
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Topics and Readings:
The following units will be covered: Introduction Figured Bass Chorales Partimento Prelude Variations Minuet Figured-bass Fugue Two-part Fugue Three-part Fugue
Other Course Information:
this course meets on Mondays, 12:30-2:20.