An in-depth look at counterpoint for up to 4 voices, including invertible counterpoint, fugue and implied harmony.
Course length: 2 hours +
In this course you’ll learn how to write Baroque and early Classical-style counterpoint from a modern approach
You’ll first understand the elements that go into creating an effective solo melody line, and then add a second part while looking at how the parts combine with each other in terms of melody
You’ll also learn about three-
counterpoint, and some of the typical composition forms like the fugue
and the trio sonata
You’ll find this course in-depth
and both accessible
, and by the end you’ll feel confident
composing your own contrapuntal music in a Baroque style like this:
Counterpoint, or the art of weaving together multiple melodies, began in the Renaissance era but flourished in the Baroque, when Johann Sebastian Bach was at his height.
From that time on, counterpoint has been a composition technique used throughout all the eras and it still a hugely important skill today.
Traditionally, music schools teach counterpoint using the “species” method. But this method only goes so far, and most people find it hard to move forward from species counterpoint into writing real, creative contrapuntal music.
This is partly because species counterpoint is always built on a basic, slow-moving “cantus firmus” melody, but what most composers want are the tools to write complex counterpoint like fugues, where every part is rhythmically complex.
This course looks briefly at how species counterpoint works, but focuses mainly on writing in the later, more creative Baroque and early classical style
The course includes a downloadable PDF
with lesson notes, musical examples
and practical exercises
for you to work through yourself.
See more at https://www.mymusictheory.com/learn-music-theory/reference/579-counterpoint