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.


Attendance Policy:


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.