MUS 301(S) An Introduction to Modal and Tonal Counterpoint

The study of modal or tonal counterpoint is prepared by study of traditional species counterpoint after Fux. The introduction to the techniques of modal or Renaissance (sixteenth century) counterpoint is based on the study and analysis of countrapuntal techniques in the works of Josquin, Willaert, Lassus and Monteverdi, as well as the study of theorists applicable to these techniques, i. e., Tinctoris, Zarlino, etc. The study of tonal or Baroque counterpoint is focused on the works of J. S. Bach, i.e., on his two-and three-part keyboard inventions, and on his three-part keyboard fugues. Meets three times per week. Evaluation will be based on assignments, quizzes, final exam. Prerequisite: Music 202.