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Tonal Counterpoint in the Style of the 18th Century Prepared by Vaclav Nelhybel

Tonal Counterpoint in the Style of the 18th Century Prepared by Vaclav Nelhybel

In the early 1960s, Czech composer and conductor Vaclav Nelhybel prepared a series of lectures, produced by Folkways for Scholastic Records. The theme of this recorded lecture is tonal counterpoint, a musical style popular in the 18th century and beyond. Described as “the art of combining two or more melodic lines,” tonal counterpoint is not an easy compositional tool to master, but this lecture, narrated by William Geib, explains many of the concepts fledgling composers need to get started. Geib begins with such basics as rhythm and meter and continues to more technical concepts like diminution and retrograde musical canons. An unidentified chamber orchestra performs musical excerpts, and the detailed liner notes provide musical scores and written explanations of each musical concept.

Track Listing

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Introduction Vaclav Nelhybel 5:56
102
Melody - General Vaclav Nelhybel 5:57
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Melodic Outline - Motive-sequence Vaclav Nelhybel 12:38
201
Two-part Counterpoint: Intervals Vaclav Nelhybel 4:30
202
Simultaneous Motion Vaclav Nelhybel 1:52
203
Melody in Two-part Counterpoint Vaclav Nelhybel 2:53
204
Harmony in Two-part Counterpoint Vaclav Nelhybel 5:32
205
Imitation - Canon Vaclav Nelhybel 10:05
301
Two-part Counterpoint: Double Counterpoint at the Octave Vaclav Nelhybel 3:40
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Double Counterpoint at the Tenth Vaclav Nelhybel 1:50
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Double Counterpoint at the Twelfth Vaclav Nelhybel 3:55
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Double Counterpoint at the Octave, Tenth and Twelfth Vaclav Nelhybel 2:46
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Double Counterpoint at the Octave, 10th and 12th Vaclav Nelhybel 0:46
306
Composition, Invention Vaclav Nelhybel 3:33
307
Three-part Counterpoint Vaclav Nelhybel 8:25
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Three-part Counterpoint: Complementary Rhythm Vaclav Nelhybel 1:21
402
Canon Vaclav Nelhybel 2:49
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Triple Counterpoint at the Octave Vaclav Nelhybel 2:59
404
Four-part Counterpoint Vaclav Nelhybel 5:52
405
Quadruple Counterpoint at the Octave Vaclav Nelhybel 1:10
406
Canon Vaclav Nelhybel 3:07

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