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MU5007: RENAISSANCE COUNTERPOINT (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:57


Course Overview

This course is intended both for those interested in Renaissance music and for composition students who wish to explore the many possibilities of musical invention within a very controlled compositional environment. To acquire the basic tools of Renaissance composition, students progress through counterpoint exercises in two and three voices. Through more advanced exercises in motivic placement, canon, invertible counterpoint, and the fundamentals of improvised counterpoint, students learn to structure a complete composition, culminating in a motet for three voices. In addition, works are studied through analysis of compositions.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Frauke Jurgensen

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Master of Music (Studied) or Master of Music in Vocal Music (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course is intended both for those interested in Renaissance music and for composition students who wish to explore the many possibilities of musical invention within a very controlled compositional environment. To acquire the basic tools of Renaissance composition, students progress through species counterpoint exercises in two and three voices. Through more advanced exercises in motivic placement, canon (with and without cantus firmus), invertible counterpoint, and the fundamentals of improvised counterpoint, students learn to structure a complete composition, culminating in a motet for three voices. In addition, contemporaneous works are studied through analysis of compositions and investigation of treatises.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st attempt: portfolio of compositions (both levels): 75% Seminar presentation on a composition treatise of the period: 25%. Resit: Students resit failed elements.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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