Elements of modal (Renaissance) counterpoint

Course Information
TitleΣτοιχεία αναγεννησιακής αντίστιξης / Elements of modal (Renaissance) counterpoint
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013900

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 136
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course324
Music CompositionCompulsory Course324

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of this course, the students will learn the basic rules of 15th and 16th vocal polyphony, and mainly of the Palestrina style. They will particularly learn imitation techniques, treatment of dissonance, composition of canon types and composition of two-voice vocal fugue. They implement these skills in two-part vocal compositions.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Elements of vocal 16th-century polyphony (Renaissance): Polyphonic modes, composition of modal melody, Fuxian 5-species counterpoint as adapted to Palestrina's style by Jeppesen, free counterpoint, double counterpoint, imitation and canon, text setting, vocal fugue, motet. Exercises in 2-voice and 3-three counterpoint
counterpoint, species counterpoint, vocal fugue
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.4
Reading Assigment200.7
Written assigments210.7
Student Assessment
Continuous evaluation through weekly short exercises. Written examination on all subjects at the end.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Knud Jeppesen, Αντίστιξη. Ασματική Πολυφωνία, Βιβλιοθήκη συστηματικής μουσικής. Aθήνα: Εκδόσεις Νάσου, 1991. 2. Κώστας Θ. Ευαγγελάτος, Αντίστιξη 16ου αιώνα, Αθήνα: Χ. Νάκας - Κ. Παπαγρηγορίου ΟΕ, 2000.
Additional bibliography for study
Jepessen, Knud (1992). Counterpoint-The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth Century. New York: Dover. Fux, Johann Joseph (1971). The Study of Counterpoint (from Gradus ad Parnassum). New York: Norton. Andrews, H.K. (1958). An Introduction to the Technique of Palestrina. London: Novello and Company. Krenek, Ernst (1959). Modal Counterpoint – In the Style of the Sixteenth Century. Los Angeles: Boosey & Hawkes. Schubert, Peter (1992). Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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