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Paper 5: Tonal Skills 1 - Counterpoint

Aims and objectives 

  • To develop literacy and historical awareness in the use of harmony and counterpoint by means of exercises in which part of the musical material is given. Musical skills that will be developed include an understanding of tonal and modal harmony, the ability to perceive the harmonic implications of a melody or a bass, and competence in manipulating contrapuntal lines, creating a convincing structure and the handling of instrumental idioms.

Description of the course 

The course is taught through lectures, small-group classes and supervisions. The Counterpoint elements will be taught through eight 90-minute lectures in Michaelmas Term (which will include opportunities to practise a variety of techniques under supervision), plus two 90-minute revision lectures in Easter Term. 

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