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MUSI 4110 /


Introduction to Counterpoint (3cr)

09-058 12.30 1.45pm TR MUSI 412

Final Exam Study Guide

Topic Summary
Species Counterpoint
- Knowledge of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th species composition techniques
- Error detection in short species exercises
- Consonance and dissonance principles / treatment
Invertible Counterpoint
- Subject and answer structures and entries
- Real and tonal answers (identify and define)
- Subject (melody) and counter-melody; treatment and design
Motivic Development
- Imitation
- Motivic fragmentation
- Techniques of motivic development (inversion, augmentation, diminution, etc.)
Fugue, Invention, Sinfonia, Canon
- Fugal structure; know the standard entries of voices, episodes and development
- Imitative counterpoint (2 and 3 voices); identify imitation techniques
- Invertible counterpoint (2 and 3 voices); write and analyze short invertible passages
- Structure of an invention (2 and 3 voices); analysis, identify subject, answer, episode and
development passages
- Identify 2-3 canonic techniques (augmentation, retrogression, diminution, mirror canon,
perpetual canon, riddle canons), from given works and excerpts
Terms and definitions (selected, there may be more in the exam)
- Dux
- Kyrie
- Comes
- Credo
- Stretto
- Mass
- Inversion
- Nota Cambiata
- Episode
- Sequence
- Invention
- Mirror canon
- Cancrizans
- Prolation
- Contrary motion
- Counter-motive
- Fugue
- Know at least five (5) pieces from the repertoire studied in class this semester
(composer, title, date, and contrapuntal approach)
- The exam will contain short analysis questions on at least one piece from each of the
centuries we have studied:
o 16th century (species counterpoint, masses and motets)
o 18th century (fugues, canons, inventions)
o 20th century (fugues, canons,