The Art of the Musician; A Guide to the Intelligent Appreciation of Music

The Art of the Musician; A Guide to the Intelligent Appreciation of Music

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...had advanced beyond its infancy as a distinctive subject. Of course, where two or more sounds are heard simultaneously it is the province of harmony to explain their relations, and in that sense counterpoint is included in the larger field of harmonics; but practically counterpoint gets at its results in so different a fashion from harmony that it is quite properly treated as a distinct branch of the science of music, and very commonly regarded as a more difficult study. Counterpoint is a transliteration and contraction of "Punctum contra punctum "--point against point. The point referred to is the black head of a note, and the art consists in correctly writing simultaneous melodies. Not that the melodies are actually written simultaneously--quite otherwise. In a composition in strict counterpoint there is a principal melody, called the "cantus jirmus" in association with which other melodies are composed, related to it, and yet measurably independent, more in the seeming and in the effect produced, than actually, for the laws of strict counterpoint hold the composer within narrow limits. In one sense any hymn tune or part song may be considered an example in counterpoint, because each part, being sung by a single voice continuously, is technically a melody. In fact, recently there has come into use the term "harmonic counterpoint" to describe just such writing. But the harmonic element in the hymn tune over-masters the countrapuntal; for the conception is that of a melody (usually sung by the soprano) harmonized in four parts, the tones of the other three parts moving to new tones that fill in the chosen chords, because those tones are harmonically needed and not because the melodic tendency of each more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236897056
  • 9781236897053