University of South Carolina
School of Music

BAIN MUSC 726A
The Art of Counterpoint

Summer 2024


MUSC 726A | Blackboard | Listening/Analysis


C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
1. Introduction
2. Counterpoint in the
Middle Ages
3. Renaissance
Triangle
              icon Baroque
5. Classical &
Romantic Periods
6. Twentieth Century

News

The Analysis Project 2 Proposal is due Wed., June 26, 11:59 pm

Quotable

Left quote
We may never know why Bach wrote canons, nor is this necessary. Beauty in any form has reason enough to exist.
Right quote

– Tim Smith

Course Description

Analysis of counterpoint and texture in polyphonic music from the Middle Ages to the present

Prerequisite: Undergraduate tonal harmony and voice leading

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf
  2. Reading
  3. Handouts
  4. Theory
  5. Listening/Analysis Updated icon
  6. Digital Anthology
  7. Terms & Concepts
  8. Special Topics
  9. Bibliography

Asynchronous Activities

  1. Activity #1: Thurs., June 20:
    16th-Century Counterpoint – Due: Fri., June 21, 11:59 pm
  2. Activity #2: Thurs., June 27:
    18th-Century Counterpoint – Due: Fri., June 28, 11:59 pm
  3. Activity #3: Wed., July 3:
    20th-Century Counterpoint – Due: Fri., July 5, 11:59 pm

Analysis Projects

  1. Analysis Project 1:
  2. Analysis Project 2:
  3. Final Presentation (pdf)Updated icon

Online Media Resources

  1. Algomus {Algomus.fr}
  2. Alvira, Teoria - *
  3. Atkinson, Video analyses of classical music with an emphasis on counterpoint and craftsmanship {YouTube Channel} - *
  4. Bella Voce Chicago, The Middle Ages: A Musical Journey (2020-2021) {YouTube Playlist}
  5. Belkin
  6. Bruhn, J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier: In-depth Analysis and Interpretation {Edition Gorz} (Bruhn 1993)
  7. Byros, PoetryOfTone {YouTube Channel}
  8. Christiansen, Earsense
  9. Edwards, Puzzle Canon {PuzzleCanon.com} - *
  10. Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Explore the Score - *
  11. Gjerdingen
  12. Gotham et al., Open Music Theory {OMT} (Gotham et al. 2020)
  13. Gran, Counterpoint Tutorials {YouTube Channel}
  14. Hansen, Counterpoint Course {HansenMedia.net}
  15. Hogan, The Nikhil Hogan Show {Listen Notes}
  16. Hutchinson, Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom (Hutchinson 2017)
  17. Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Academy {YouTube Playlist}
  18. Lehman, Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars {FrankLehman.com}
  19. Moths and Nanni (Universität Basel), From Ink to Sound (FITS)
  20. Netherlands Bach Society, All of Bach {Website; YouTube Channel}
  21. Remeš, Go Figure! Theory and Practice of Thoroughbass {YouTube Channel; Website}
  22. Rotem, Early Music Sources
  23. Scalia, Renaissance Music Project {YouTube Channel}
  24. Smith, Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier – See the Digital Bach archive {YouTube Channel} - *
  25. SMT-V
  26. Straus, The Art of Post-Tonal Analysis {OUP} (Straus 2022) - *
  27. Thomas, Music Theory Videos {YouTube Playlist} - *

* - Video-based analyses

Research Tools

  1. FindIt @ UofSC
  2. Dictionaries: Harvard Dictionary | Grove/Oxford
  3. Articles: JSTOR
  4. E-books: Ebook Central | EBSCOhost | Hathi Trust
  5. Scores: IMSLP; Alexander Street; CPDL
  6. Recordings: Naxos | Spotify | YouTube
  7. Audio & Video: TCL
  8. Digital scores: see BAIN MUSC 525

Music Theory Journals

  1. 19th-Century Music {UC Press}
  2. College Music Symposium {CMS}
  3. Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy {OSU Libraries}
  4. Indiana Theory Review {IU Press}
  5. Intégral {Rochester.edu}
  6. Journal of Mathematics and Music {Taylor & Francis}
  7. Journal of Music Theory {JMT; JSTOR}
  8. Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy {JMTP}
  9. Journal of New Music Research {Taylor & Francis}
  10. Music Analysis {Wiley; JSTOR}
  11. Perspectives on New Music {Website; JSTOR}
  12. Society for Music Theory (SMT)
  13. Theory and Practice {JSTOR}

Main References

See BAIN MUSC 726A Bibliography

Benjamin, Thomas. 2005. The Craft of Modal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB; Full text: Ebook Central} 

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

Fux, Johann Joseph and Alfred Mann. 1965/1725. The Study of Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum. New York: W. W. Norton. {GB}

Jackson, Roland John. 2009. "Counterpoint." In Britannica Academic. Available online at: <https://academic.eb.com/levels/collegiate/article/counterpoint/110126>.

Owen, Hal. 1992. Modal and Tonal Counterpoint: From Josquin to Stravinsky. New York: Schirmer. {GB}

Taruskin, Richard and Christopher H. Gibbs. 2012. The Oxford History of Western Music, College Edition. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB}



Updated: June 24, 2024

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music
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