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MUSC8026 - Counterpoint 2

Title:Counterpoint 2
Long Title:Counterpoint 2
Module Code:MUSC8026
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: This module presents an introduction to the techniques of 16th century vocal polyphony.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Employ the techniques of writing for three and/or four voices in the polyphonic style of the 16th century.
LO2 Set appropriate liturgical latin texts in 16th century style.
LO3 Manipulate the basic structural principles of the polyphonic motet and/or mass movement.
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).

13017 MUSC8025 Counterpoint 1
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.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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.

Counterpoint Project 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sixteenth Century Polyphony with particular reference to the style of Palestrina; the composition of Motets and/or Mass Movements in 3 and/or 4 voices; the setting of appropriate Latin Liturgical texts
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Portfolio of weekly work 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 and assessment of, and feedback on, practical work 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Composition exercises 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

Recommended Book Resources
  • Young-Chui Choi 2012, Counterpoint: Palestrina Style (2 Volumes), Dvorak Academy Press Ed., Seoul
  • Owen Swindale, Polyphonic Composition, 1977 Ed., Oxford University Press
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Andrews, H. K. 1958, The technique of Palestrina, Novello [ISBN: ASIN B0000CK7AJ]
  • Boyd, Malcolm 1973, Palestrina's style, Oxford [ISBN: 978-0193152243]
  • Byrd, William, Mass for 3 voices, Novello
  • Jeppeson, Knud 1946, The style of Palestrina and the Dissonance, Oxford [ISBN: 978-0486442686]
  • Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigida, Missa Brevis
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) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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