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Counterpoint

Resources

To aid composition students in their composition, exercises, analysis studies, and appreciation of the craft.

Lucis Fuga in Bb // Frank Frontera

[w/ fugue element marking, LPX Keygrid]

This is my first fugue composition, and first of the Lucis Fuga series. Played on the LPX keygrid setup.

The fugue element marking is general

and not all inclusive:

0:07 (S)ubject

0:11 (A)nswer

0:15 Link (Asc.5-6)

0:19 (S)ubject, Redundant Entry (RE)

0:23 1st Episode (Desc. 5-6)

0:28 1st Middle Entry (G minor)

0:32 2nd Episode (Desc. 5ths)

0:39 2nd Middle Entry (D minor)

0:42 3rd Episode, 1st Prong

0:47 3rd Episode, 2nd Prong

0:51 Return (Recapitulation)

Further selections from the Lucis Fuga set will be played for a keygrid youtube performance in due time:

You can buy the Complete Set score here: 

Lucis Fuga //Complete Set (Gumroad)

Into Thine Hand: Psalm Selections // 3-part polyphonic vocals in Renaissance style

I have composed Into Thine Hand: Psalm Selections as a step in my counterpoint studies; the poetic parallelism throughout the myriad of Psalm verses provide excellent text settings for short imitations with a second theme entrance. The Psalms selected are testaments of spiritual yearning and praise to God, as such the lyrics are naturally at the foundation of the music.

Score available for purchase:
https://frankfrontera.gumroad.com/l/into-thine-hand-score

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Know Your Counterpoint// 3-Part, 5th Species (Analysis)

As a counterpoint student or composer, learning and working with these analysis elements will improve your work in species exercises and composition in general.

 

You can apply these analysis points in 2, 3, or 4 parts, and virtually across the species (although, for example, you won't analyze dissonances in 1st species). This analysis is done according to the Renaissance style as taught in the Jeppesen text, modeled after Palestrina and contemporaries.

 

This analysis assumes you understand, or are getting to know some of the counterpoint terminology - there are resources linked in the video description to help.

In Manus Tuas - 3-Part Imitation: Score Playthrough

This is the fifth setting from the Into Thine Hand: Psalm Selections composition; more here.

English translation is provided below the beginning of each phrase.

Rylee & Renée sing Kyrie Imitations [2-Part shorts in Renaissance style]

This is the first set of exercises for imitation in Renaissance Counterpoint studies. It is slower in tempo than usual to the style, which highlights the melodic and harmonic components for counterpoint students.

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Species Exercises, First Sets

[6 Pages, Jeppesen]

Species exercise template for your first sets in 2-part counterpoint - above and below the cantus firmus [respectively].

3-Part, 4th Species:

Counterpoint Examples

3-part, 4th species exercise examples in each of the 5 Renaissance modes.

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