The Contrapuntal Aspect

Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann

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Counterpoint is perhaps the most critical topic when it comes to the search for creativity. In fact, counterpoint is strictly codified and taught as a sort of catechism of classical compositional discipline in polyphony, the art of combining several voices to a balance interplay. In its most formalized shape, counterpoint has been described in Johann Joseph Fux’s famous treatise in 1725, Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, 1725). It was written in Bach’s time but consciously refers to Fux’s idol Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (February 2, 1526 (or possibly February 3, 1525) - February 2, 1594). In the foreword, Fux even stresses his conservative position: “Why should I be doing so (writing about music) just at this time when music has become almost arbitrary and composers refuse to be bound by any rules and principle, detesting the very name of school and law like death itself.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2011, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


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