Seminar on free counterpoint

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
This seminar is a continuation of the free counterpoint course of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and aims to elaborate on the topics and gain more practical experience. During the course, the student is expected to write several counterpoint exercises and compose three 3-part fugues.
Theoretical knowledge of free counterpoint and classical harmony
Students passing the course can: - compose a three-voice fugue; - harmonize a choral melody and embellish it using 1:2 and 1:3 diminution.

Further information

  • assessment
    Comprehensive exam CE
  • 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
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Seminar, 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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