Course Details

MUSC 223: Vocal Counterpoint

In this composition course, we will write for (our own) singing voices, anchoring our writing to various traditions of vocal part writing while developing our own idiosyncratic approaches. We will move methodically from singing single lines against drones, to creating two-, three-, and four-part compositions, culminating in a substantial composition for multiple voices per part. We will sing constantly to reinforce key concepts and to hear our works in progress, and will base our analysis of our own compositions as well as more canonical works on bringing the music to life through vocal performance. Prerequisite: Ability and willingness to sing from score, and Music 110 or instructor permission
3 credits; ARP; Not offered 2021-2022