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By Walter Piston

The artwork of counterpoint is the paintings of mixing melodic traces. The essence of counterpoint, although, is whatever deeper than a strategy of manipulation. it truly is an component of the interior power of track and is located in approximately all track. it's to an knowing of counterpoint as such that this publication is directed.

In Counterpoint―for decades the most very hot texts within the field―the ideas in which the contrapuntal aspect has operated within the works of composers of the eighteenth and 19th centures are provided. The counterpoint studied is the harmonic, rhythmic, instrumental type so good represented by way of the song of Bach. For it really is this variety that the majority of the composers who got here after Bach, together with these of our personal time, have considered as the proper of contrapuntal procedure. Piston's procedure in Counterpoint is to find how track has been written instead of the way it may be written. This booklet, unlike most standard experiences, states rules and provides principles which are in response to real observations of the perform of composers instead of these invented through the theorist. It deals examples drawn from the works of normal composers instead of these built through the writer. The literature of the final 300 years is tested to shape the logical foundation for this examine. during the ebook, routines are only if demand the writing of track and which are meant to explain the rules below discussion.

Walter Piston, one in every of America's notable composers, created for this booklet an method of the learn of counterpoint that's stimulating and worthy to an realizing of the song of all instances.

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