Free counterpoint

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The subject aims to make students familiar with the basics of polyphony. It also aims at providing an introduction to the main polyphonic forms used in keyboard music, with a special focus on the fugue.
Knowledge of basic music theory and classical harmony
On completion of the course, the student will be able to - demonstrate awareness of the terminology related to the analysis of fugues - describe and analyze the various means of development in polyphonic music - describe and analyze various fugue forms - display knowledge of the use of fugal forms in the works by composers of the different historical period

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    2x45 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, advanced
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    no e-learning elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    Robert Gauldin, A practical approach to eighteenth-century counterpoint. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1988 William Renwick, Analyzing fugue: a Schenkerian approach. Stuyvesant, New York: Pendragon Press, 1995
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  • evaluation grid
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Mart Siimer

current position

senior lecturer


Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre


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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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