This counterpoint textbook not only offers basic and comprehensive instruction in composition theory, but also opens up access to the diverse music of the late Renaissance. Starting with the rhythmic, melodic and modal basics, the path leads through the compositional technique to the consideration of complete cantus firmus and imitation movements for two to five voices. In addition to the “Palestrina style”, special interest applies to the work of Orlando di Lasso, especially his numerous bicinia. In addition, some “German-speaking” composers have their say, including Caspar Othmayr and Johann Walter.

The detailed and clear structure allows this textbook to be used as a manual. It is primarily aimed at teachers and students of musical subjects, but also at practitioners, connoisseurs and lovers of “early music”.

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This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.

There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.

Besides the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles as leader and manager of the project, the following partner institutions are involved: Music Academy S. Moniuszki Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland), F. Liszt Academy of Music Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia), HfMTh "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (Leipzig, Germany).

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