Counterpoint

Students seeking graduate degrees in Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Musicology, and Composition are expected to demonstrate a competency with the basics of 18th century counterpoint (and to a lesser degree the basics of 16th century counterpoint). 


Species Counterpoint - Sample Questions

Write a second species (half-notes) to the given cantus firmus. Clicking on the 'Solution' link below will give one of many possible correct answers.

second species example 1

Solution

Second species example 1 key


Write a second species (half-notes) to the given cantus firmus. Clicking on the 'Solution' link below will give one of many possible correct answers.

second species example 2

Solution

Second species example 2 key


Write a third species (quarter-notes) to the given cantus firmus. Clicking on the 'Solution' link below will give one of many possible correct answers.

second species example 1

Solution

Second species example 3 key


Terminology

Be able to define the following terms:

  • polyphony
  • homophony
  • cantus firms
  • dissonance
  • consonance
  • invertible counterpoint
  • suspension
  • retrograde
  • inversion
  • augmentation
  • diminution
  • subject
  • answer
  • countersubject
  • stretto
  • double fugue
  • canon
  • episode
  • exposition
  • tonal answer
  • real answer

Fugues - Sample Questions

In the soprano voice starting on the given note (stem up in measure 2) write a tonal answer to the following alto fugue subject. Continue the alto voice in counterpoint with your answer.

fugue subject 1

Solution

fugue subject 1 key


In the alto voice starting on the given note (stem down in measure 3) write a tonal answer to the following soprano fugue subject. Continue the soprano voice in counterpoint with your answer.

fugue subject 2

Solution

fugue subject 2 key


In the soprano voice starting on the given note (stem up in measure 3) write a real answer to the following alto fugue subject. Continue the alto voice in counterpoint with your answer.

fugue subject 3

Solution

fugue subject 3 key


In the tenor voice starting on the given note (stem up in measure 2) write a real answer to the following bass fugue subject. Continue the bass voice in counterpoint with your answer.

fugue subject 4

Solution

fugue subject 4 key



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