Divisional Counterpoint

by Michael G. Cunningham



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/29/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781418442125

About the Book

DIVISIONAL COUNTERPOINT is a step-by-step course intended to point the student in the direction of Bach's coutrapuntal style. It begins like most other counterpoint texts, but after STEPS 1 and 2 the similarity ends. Here there is a blending of the techniques of Species Counterpoint with that of harmonic progressions. Here, instead of Canti Firmi, there are Guidance lines which may, when necessary, be changed. Within controlled chordal progressions, using chordal skeletons, the emphases are on adding ever-faster lines to achieve the proper composite rhythm, and to maintain the established chordal progression. Dissonance is presented as notes that are merely out of the harmonic context, rather than as absolute abstractions. Part I (a full semester's work) emphasizes short two and three voice exercises. Part II introduces remaining techniques and textures and invites more concentrated work in lengthier compositions and analysis.

About the Author

Michael G. Cunningham was born in Warren, Michigan in 1937 and holds music degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. Composition has been one of his primary lifetime activities, and since 1958 he has concentrated on creating a large music catalog of various types of music for all manner of performance combinations. Since 1973, he has been a professor of theory/composition at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Clare, and during that time has created a number of theory and composition workbooks.