Jazz Counterpoint

March 4, 2019


Richard Atkinson

Published on Aug 2, 2016

Richard Atkinson analyzes the magnificent counterpoint in the finale of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, no. 41 in C major, K. 551, culminating in the coda, during which 5 of the previously introduced themes are combined at once, in five-part invertible counterpoint. This is a fair use educational commentary that uses excerpts from a recording by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, directed by Sir Neville Marriner.

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What is a Fugue?

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Published on Feb 18, 2016

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If you understand counterpoint, you’d know it was developed mostly during the Renaissance as a way to create individual interesting musical lines within a SATB framework. Essentially each voice of a piece would support the harmony of the composition, yet their contour and rhythm could be totally separate or independent of each other. This technique’s […]

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If you understand counterpoint, you’d know it was developed mostly during the Renaissance as a way to create individual interesting musical lines within a SATB framework. Essentially each voice of a piece would support the harmony of the composition, yet their contour and rhythm could be totally separate or independent of each other. This technique’s […]

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– Composer: Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895 — 28 December 1963)
– Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
– Year of recording: 1985 (live at “Fêtes Musicales en Touraine”, France)

Ludus tonalis, cycle of 25 pieces for piano, written in 1942.

00:00 – 01. Praeludium
04:45 – 02. Fuga 1. in C major (Slow)
07:49 – 03. Interludium (Moderate, with energy)
09:13 – 04. Fuga 2, in G major (Gay)
10:50 – 05. Interludium (Pastorale)
11:52 – 06. Fuga 3, in F major (Andante)
15:33 – 07. Interludium (Scherzando)
16:46 – 08. Fuga 4, in A major (With energy)
20:05 – 09. Interludium (Fast)
21:14 – 10. Fuga 5, in E major (Fast)
22:36 – 11. Interludium (Moderato)
23:53 – 12. Fuga 6, in E flat major (Quiet)
25:57 – 13. Interludium (March)
28:04 – 14. Fuga 7, in A flat major (Moderato)
30:35 – 15. Interludium (Very broad)
33:12 – 16. Fuga 8, in D major (With strength)
34:09 – 17. Interludium (Very fast)
35:46 – 18. Fuga 9, in B flat major (Moderato)
37:58 – 19. Interludium (Very quiet)
40:37 – 20. Fuga 10, in D flat major (Moderately fast
42:24 – 21. Interludium (Allegro pesante)
44:30 – 22. Fuga 11, in B major (Slow)
47:33 – 23. Interludium (Valse)
49:39 – 24. Fuga 12, in F sharp major (Very Quiet)
52:45 – 25. Postludium

The role of the composer in modern society had been a concern for Hindemith even before he explored it dramatically in the operas Cardillac (1926) and Mathis der Maler (1938). Hindemith’s “Gebrauchsmusik” (“utility music,” a term the composer disliked), written to fill a need for high-quality music that could be performed by talented amateurs, was one manifestation of his concerns; another was his interest in the teaching of music, as evidenced in his efforts toward the organization of music education in Turkey, at the behest of that country’s government, in 1937. Hindemith demonstrated his beliefs regarding the politico-ethical responsibilities of the composer when he chose to leave Nazi Germany at the end of the 1930s, eventually settling in the United States as a professor of music at Yale University.

In Ludus tonalis (“Tonal Games”) for solo piano, Hindemith wove together the varied strands of his professional and artistic life up to that point. Hindemith’s subtitle for the work, “Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organization and Piano Playing,” perhaps carries a deceptive connotation of dryness or academicism. But Ludus tonalis ranges well beyond the stated intent of its heading, exploring matters of technique, theory, inspiration, and communication. It is in effect, a veritable catalogue of the composer’s mature style, expressed in lively, imaginative, compact vignettes. While a complete performance requires nearly an hour, none of individual parts is longer than four minutes.

Ludus tonalis is ingeniously arranged, its 12 fugues connected by interludes that modulate from the key of one fugue to that of the next. The interludes also serve as a means of thematic modulation; each propagates thematic “cells” that anticipate the material of the succeeding fugue. While the fugues are entirely contrapuntal — often ingeniously so, as when Hindemith creates the effect of three-part polyphony with just two voices — the interludes are homophonic, taking harmony and variety of expression as their major concerns. Framing the whole is a Praeludium and a Postludium; in keeping with the playful suggestion of the title, the latter is a retrograde inversion of the former.

In the Praeludium Hindemith “signs in” with cascading toccata figurations, followed by a meditative arioso and a solemn conclusion of imposing chords over a bell-like descending figure in the bass. This introduction is also a bank of the work’s thematic material, which Hindemith explores throughout with great inventiveness and facility. The Interludes, virtually character pieces, are marked by individual, distinctive personalities. The third, a scherzo, is a funny promenade with a prominent, cheeky Scotch snap; the eighth is notable for its fast, chordal, hand-over-hand pianism; the ninth is quiet and introspective, recalling the composer’s works of mourning. There is also a noteworthy resourcefulness in the fugues, a restrictive form that poses challenges in creating variety. The second fugue is based on an insistent repeated note from which the theme suddenly launches upward, while the jaunty ninth fugue juxtaposes an assertive grace note figure with a motive of four thirty-second notes

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Six-voice ricercar from J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering, BWV 1079
FAQ

Q: What is a ricercar?
A: See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricercar

Q: Is this the most significant piano work of the last millennium?
A: At least one person thinks so:
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Q: What instrument is that?
A: It’s two instruments, actually: a harpsichord and an organ. The harpsichord is Atema’s “Pristine Harpsichord” (with all stops on); the organ is two Ahlborn-Galanti Archiv modules, using the following stops (in order from the top voice):
Prinzipal 8′
Cor Anglais 8′
Quintade 8′
Flauto Mirabilis 8′
Prinzipal 8′ + Gedackt 8′
Ophicleide 16′ (up an octave so that it’s at pitch)

Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this?
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The Vibrational Architecture of Living Together in Harmony.
A talk given at the 27th Annual Conference of the Seven Ray Institute and the University of the Seven Rays.
— “I want to demonstrate to the world the architecture of a new and beautiful social commonwealth. The secret of my harmony? I alone know it. Each instrument in counterpoint, and as many contrapuntal parts as there are instruments. It is the enlightened self-discipline of the various parts, each voluntarily imposing on itself the limits of its individual freedom for the wellbeing of the community. That is my message. Not the autocracy of a single stubborn melody on the one hand, nor the anarchy of the unchecked noise on the other. No, a delicate balance between the two – an enlightened freedom. The science of my art. The harmony of the stars in the heavens. The yearning for brotherhood in the hearts of men. This is the secret of my music.”
~ JS Bach

Harold Grandstaff Moses, Honorary PhDE in Musical Cosmology from the University of the Seven Rays, Director of the Institute of Harmonic Science in Phoenix, Arizona. Harold is a composer, orchestrator, violist, educator, choral director, musical cosmologist, and vibrational theorist. As an experienced guide into the world of sound, music and healing, Harold uses descriptive metaphors and new science examples to reveal the majesty and mystery of vibration, resonance and harmony.

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Medieval Counterpoint

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