BAIN MUSC 726A
The Art of Counterpoint

Terms & Concepts

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"The Greek language itself made no distinction between art and craft: both were called technē; a great work of art was simply an exceptional piece of workmanship (aristourgēma)."

  Western painting, in Britannica Academic {BA}



  1. Auditory scene analysis (Bregman 1990)
  2. Basso continuo (abbr. continuo) {BA; Grove}
  3. Bicinium {WP}
  4. Cadence {BA}
  5. Canon {BA; HD; Grove}
  6. Cantus firmus (Lat.) {BA}
  7. Chanson {BA; Grove}
  8. Chant, plainchant, or plainsong {BA; Grove}
  9. Chorale {BA; Grove}
  10. Clausula {BA; Grove}
  11. Counterpoint {BA; HD; Grove; OB}
  12. Form {BA}
  13. Free-part style (Ger. Freistimigkeit)
  14. Fugue {BA; HD; Grove}
  15. Imitation {HD; Grove}
  16. Invention {BA; Grove}
  17. Invertible Counterpoint {HD}
  18. Isorhythm {BA; Grove}
  19. Layer {Grove}
  20. Madrigal {BA}
  21. Mass {BA; Grove}
  22. Melody {BA; Grove}
  23. Micropolyphony {WP}
  24. Minimalism {Grove}
  25. Mode {Grove}
  26. Modulation {BA}
  27. Monody {BA}
  28. Motet {BA; Grove}
  29. Music of the:
  30. Notation {Grove}
  31. Organum {BA; Grove}
  32. Partimento {Grove}
  33. Recitative {BA}
  34. Rhythmic modes {BA; Grove}
  35. Style analysis {Grove} (see LaRue 1970)
  36. Symphony {BA; Grove}
  37. technē (Greek)
  38. Texture {HD; Grove}
  39. Twelve-tone music
  40. Voice leading (see Huron 2016)


See also:

  1. BAIN MUSC 529 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint: Terms & Concepts
  2. BAIN MUSC 726C The Counterpoint of J.S. Bach: Terms & Concepts

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  1. Britannica Academic {BA}
  2. Harvard Dictionary {HD} - *
  3. Grove Music Online {Grove} - *
  4. Wikipedia {WP}

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Reference

See MUSC 726A Bibliography

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



Updated: June 16, 2024

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