The (original) composition will count 10% toward
your final grade.
The piece must be written in Fifth
Species (a combination of the first four species--florid). For
example, there should be some instances of 2:1, 3:1 (opt.), 4:1, and
syncopation--a suspension or two would be lovely. The pieces
will be performed in class on the due date. If you cannot
perform your own (keyboard) piece, hopefully, a class member bearing
keyboard skills will volunteer. (You may sequence-record your
composition and bring a tape to class.) Please complete the
composition early so the performer may have a chance to briefly
practice. You are encouraged to submit this project on time to
avoid a late penalty.
The work may consist of either
two- or three-voice counterpoint. There is also the
possibility of a two-voice work with added tones at appropriate
In terms of selecting a composition type,
you may choose from any studied in the course, such as: (page
numbers for examples are given)
Length of the composition will be at least 32
measures. You may use repeats if characteristic of the form
you choose. (For example, the dance suite on page 79 would be
considered 32 measures because of the repeats.)
The completed manuscript must be legible!
If you use pencil, please use soft
Please number each measure, and provide a chord
Make several copies so the class may follow
along during the performance.
And, above all, no profanity during the
composition process. :-)