16th CENTURY COUNTERPOINT (Spring 1999)
Professor: Stephen Peles Office: 252-A Moody Music Building
Office phone: 348-1472 Office Hours: by appointment
Materials (bring with you to all classes)
Textbooks: A Practical Approach to Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint, Robert Gauldin
Other: music paper, note paper, pencils.
The final grade for this course will be determined as follows.
Homework assignments and quizzes: 50%
Midterm exam: 20%
Final exam: 30%
In accordance with University of Alabama grading policy, final letter grades are assigned according to the following scale.
A+ = 97-100 A = 93-96 A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72
D+ = 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62
F = 0-59
Course material is presented in three forms: textbook readings, handouts, and lectures. You are responsible for all material, regardless of the medium of presentation. A great deal of course content is presented only through the lectures. It is therefore of utmost importance that you bring note paper and music paper to class and take notes. In the event that you are absent for a lecture, be sure to get the notes for that class from a classmate.
To request disability accommodations, please contact Disabilities Services (348-4285). After initial arrangements are made with that office, contact your professor.
Students will be allowed 5 unexcused absences.
Students will be excused for the following reasons only:
(1) a death in the family
(2) illness accompanied by a doctor's excuse indicating that the student was too ill to attend class
(3) a recognized departmental or university function
One percentage point shall be deducted from the final grade for each unexcused absence in excess of five.
Late assignments are not accepted.
Any student who misses more than 20% of the total number of classes is advised to withdraw from the course. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F.
UNIT I: Characteristics of the Single Melodic Line
Week 1 (1/6-1/8): Introduction; Plainchant; Correlation of Latin Text with Melody
Weeks 2-4 (1/11-1/29): Melodic Writing with White Notes
Gauldin chaps. 1 & 2
UNIT II: Two-voice Counterpoint with White Notes
Week 5 (2/1-2/5): Consonance/Dissonance; Cadences; Imitation
Gauldin chap. 3
UNIT III: Two-voice Counterpoint with Black Notes
Week 6 (2/8-2/12): Melodic Writing with Black Notes
Gauldin chap. 4
Week 7-8 (2/15-2/26): Two-Voice Counterpoint
Gauldin chap. 5
Week 9 (3/1-3/5): Double Counterpoint & Canon
Gauldin chap. 6
UNIT IV: Three-voice Counterpoint
Week 10 (3/8-3/12): Three-voice Counterpoint in White Notes; MIDTERM EXAM
Gauldin chaps. 8 & 9
Weeks 11-12 (3/15-3/26): Three-voice Counterpoint in Black Notes
Gauldin chap. 10
Week 13 (3/29-4/2): Spring Break
Week 14 (4/5-4/9): Paraphrase Technique; Canon in Three Voices
Gauldin chap. 11
UNIT V: Four-voice Counterpoint
Weeks 15-17 (4/12-4/30): Four-Part Counterpoint: "Familiar Style"
Gauldin chap. 13
Additional readings (apart from the textbook) may also be assigned.
*Schedule and assignments are subject to change.