Latvian Academy of Music
The goal of the course is to provide knowledge about polyphony in the music of different periods and styles, to build awareness of the importance of polyphony in the presentation of the content of a composition, to introduce the students to the techniques, forms, and genres of polyphonic writing in the context of the professional competences of students of the musicology, composition, and orchestral conducting sub-programmes.
Knowledge and skills in theoretical music subjects at the level of the requirements for secondary music education, successful completion of the admission exam requirements for Music Theory and Music Literature.
As a result of the course, the student has learned about: - development of polyphony in European professional music, - patterns of polyphonic forms and genres - polyphonic writing techniques in compositions of different periods and styles. As a result of the course, the student can: - analyse polyphonic pieces of different periods and styles, - use polyphonic writing techniques in creative tasks, - use precise scientific terminology. As a result of the course, the student gains the competence to use the knowledge and skills in music research, and creative activity as a composer and performer.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
    Other (Bachelor)
  • Completed Semester
    1, 2
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    2 x 45 min plus 45 min individual practical assignment (or in groups of 3-4)
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Other (Students of Musicology (specialisation Music History, Theory, and Journalism), Composition, Conducting (specialisations Symphonic Orchestra Conducting, Wind Orchestra Conducting))
  • credits
    3 ECTS
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    Study materials and consultations
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    40 hours for group lectures and practical work, 20 hours for individual lessons per person of small group
    1. Mediņš, J. (1983). Polifonija. Rīga: Zvaigzne 2. Walker, P. (2001/ 1980a). Counterpoint. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Vol. 6. London: Macmillan Publishers 3. Walker, P. (2001/ 1980b). Polyphony. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Vol. 20. London: Macmillan Publishers 4. Mediņš J. (1970). Polifonās domas pirmsākumi latviešu tautas un profesionālajā mūzikā. Latviešu mūzika. Rīga, Liesma 5. Pelēcis, G. (2007) Polifonija V.A.Mocarta mūzikā un četros viņa studiju semestros. Dzirdēt Mocartu. Rīga: JVLAM, Zinātniskās pētniecības centrs, 2007 6. Pelēcis, G. (1989). Polifonijas meistars – novators Jēkabs Graubiņš. Jēk. Graubiņa radošā mantojuma nozīme mūsdienās. Rīga, RMMIMK 7. Pelēcis G. (1986). Polifonija Jāņa Ivanova klaviermūzikā. LVK 8. Sachs, K.-J., Dahlhaus, K. Counterpoint (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musician, Second edition. Vol. 6. London: Macmillan Publishers Limited 9. Walker, P., Fugue (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musician, Second edition. Vol. 9, London: Macmillan Publishers Limited
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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.

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