BAIN MUSC 215 Music Theory III
University of South Carolina
School of Music

Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint

Fall 2023

MUSC 529 | Blackboard

C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
1. Introduction (Ch. 1-3)
Triangle icon Two-Voice Analysis &
Writing (Ch. 4-8)

3. Imitation & Canon
(Ch. 9-10)
4. Three-Voice Analysis &
Writing (Ch. 11-14)
5. Fugue
(Ch. 17-18 & 20)
6. Special Topics


Wed., Sept 27: Two-Reprise Form; Further Rhythmic Diminution

Exam 1 will take place in class on Wed., Oct. 4. A study guide is available below.


Ch. 8 Further Diminution Techniques in Two-Voice Texture


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Left quote
...I asked [Ravel] why he was still studying counterpoint. 'One must clean the house from time to time; I often do it that way,' he replied.
Right quote

– Nadia Boulanger

Course Description

Analysis and writing in the contrapuntal forms with emphasis on the style of J.S. Bach.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate tonal harmony and voice leading

Required Textbook

Robert Gauldin, A Practical Approach to 18th Century Counterpoint (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2013/1995). {Table of Contents}

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf)
  2. Listening/Analysis
  3. Exam Study Guide
  4. Terms & Concepts
  5. Bibliography

Online Resources
  1. Algomus {}
  2. Byros, PoetryOfTone {YouTube Channel}
  3. Dahn, The Four-Part Chorales of J.S. Bach {}
  4. Edwards, Puzzle Canon
  5. Gjerdingen
  6. Gran, Counterpoint Tutorials {YouTube Channel}
  7. Gotham et al., Open Music Theory, II. Counterpoint and Galant Schemas {OMT2} (Gotham et al. 2020)
  8. Hansen, Counterpoint {}
  9. Hogan, The Nikhil Hogan Show {Listen Notes}
  10. Ishizaka
  11. Kerman, The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750 {Open JSTOR; Luminos} (Kerman 2015)
  12. Lawrence, Bach and Friends (Lawrence 2010)
  13. Malinowski, Music Animation Machine {YouTube Channel}
  14. Thomas
  15. Remeš
  16. Rotem, Early Music Sources (EMS) {Website; YouTube Channel}
  17. Smith, The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach

Research Tools
  1. FindIt @ USC
  2. WorldCat
  3. Dictionaries: Harvard Dictionary | Grove/Oxford
  4. Articles: JSTOR
  5. E-books: Ebook Central | EBSCOhost | Hathi Trust
  6. Scores: CPDL; IMSLP; See also: Alexander Street
  7. Recordings: Naxos | Spotify | YouTube

Main References

See also: BAIN MUSC 529 Bibliography

Benjamin, Thomas.  2003. The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB; Full text: Ebook Central}

Davidian, Teresa. 2015. Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician: An Introduction. New York: Rowan & Littlefield. {GB}

Gauldin, Robert. A Practical Approach to 18th Century Counterpoint. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2013/1995). {GB1; GB2}

_____________. 2004. “An Introduction to Species Counterpoint,” in Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music, 2nd ed. New York: Norton, pp. A14-25.

Kennan, Kent. 1998. Counterpoint, 4th ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. {GB}

Schubert, Peter and Christoph Neidhöfer. 2023/2006. Baroque Counterpoint. Expanded Edition. Buffalo, NY: State University of New York Press. {GB; 1/e: GB}

Updated: September 26, 2023

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music