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An introduction to the elements and processes of voice leading during the period of triadic tonality through the study of species counterpoint and diatonic harmonic processes. Students are expected to attain a sound understanding of the elements and processes of voice leading and diatonic harmonic function within the Western musical tradition, and be able to demonstrate this understanding through regular assignments in analysis and composition. Students should also gain familiarity with the Western canon through set works for listening and study.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- compose a coherent contrapuntal texture in two or three parts and solve common voice leading problems;
- identify contrapuntal principles in a variety of tonal styles;
- harmonise a melody in four parts using all diatonic triads within the basic I-V-I tonal plan and create complex harmonic progressions through the use of seventh chords and applied dominants;
- realise a figured bass;
- identify chord function and analyse harmonic progressions in different musical textures.
Students who have studied this subject should develop and enhance:
- analytical skills;
- skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes.
Last updated: 2 December 2023