The Art of Counterpoint: Part Three of Le Istitutioni harmoniche, 1558 (The Norton library) | The Law | Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style | Study of Counterpoint | Counterpoint | Galileo | The Rite of Spring in Full Score | The Study of Fugue | Modulation
Beginning chapters discuss the standard use of rhythm and mensuration in Palestrinaâs time, the ecclesiastical modes, and treatment of words. Author Knud Jeppesen proceeds to explore Palestrinaâs music in terms of the elements that constitute his personal style, isolating unusual vertical lines and establishing common and uncommon interval skips and rhythmic accents.
The heart of the book presents a modern empirical treatment of dissonance. Palestrina's contrapuntal technique forged new harmonic devices, placing dissonance on unaccented beats and highlighting text in very unorthodox ways for his time. These new uses of dissonance and resolution are explored in meticulous detail. In addition, Jeppesen includes a complete history of the evolving concept and treatment of dissonance before Palestrina, including quotations from the earliest theoretical works and numerous musical examples that illustrate the practices of Palestrinaâs predecessors.
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