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MUSC8025 - Counterpoint 1

Title:Counterpoint 1
Long Title:Counterpoint 1
Module Code:MUSC8025
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: By developing the basic contrapuntal skills covered in Core Musicianship Studies in the first and second stages, this module in advanced strict (species) counterpoint provides the technical basis for the study of 16th century polyphony.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Set basic Liturgical Latin texts for 3 and/or 4 voices
LO2 Add 3 and/or 4 parts to a given cantus firmus according to the conventions of strict (species) counterpoint.
LO3 Demonstrate control of horizontal voice-leading and balance of melodic contours in 4 and 5 parts.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Core Musicianship Skills 4
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Strict (species) counterpoint in 4 and/or 5 parts: the composition of 3 and/or 4 additional voices to a given cantus firmus, writing in open score employing G, F and C clefs: the basic principles of setting Latin texts.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Portfolio of representative exercises of all the work completed during the semester 1,2,3 100.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theoretical background 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Explanation, assessment and feedback on exercises incorporating theoretical requirements of the module 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Composition assignments 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Macpherson, Stewart 2016, Practical Counterpoint, Forgotten books [ISBN: 978-133379320]
  • Mann, Alfred ed. 1971, The Study of Counterpoint from Joseph Fux's 'Gradus ad Parnassum', Norton New York [ISBN: 978-0393002775]
  • Prout, Ebenezer 1890, Counterpoint: Strict and Free, Augener [ISBN: ASIN B000NKRL22]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 5 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 7 Elective

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