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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition 2
Module Code MC206
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sean Doherty
Semester 2: Sean Doherty
Autumn: Sean Doherty
Module TeachersSean Doherty
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Students will learn concepts in harmony and counterpoint through composition exercises, listening tasks, and performance. This is achieved through the completion of weekly exercises in three-voice counterpoint in the style of a basso continuo realisation from the Baroque era. These exercises systematically explore types of non-harmony notes. The student will consider the importance of controlling texture in these exercises for three instruments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify number and quality of melodic and harmonic intervals and relate these to the conventions of Baroque counterpoint
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the types of harmonic motion and associated rules of voice-leading in Baroque counterpoint
3. Demonstrate an understanding of various types of non-harmony notes and their permitted use in Baroque counterpoint
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic features of Baroque counterpoint
5. Present and manipulate relevant composition work in appropriate notation software

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion48No Description
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Harmonic analysis

Non-harmony notes in instrumental Baroque counterpoint
1. Passing note 2. Chromatic passing note 3. Upper auxiliary note 4. Lower auxiliary note 5. Chromatic auxiliary note 6. Anticipation 7. Appoggiatura 8. Échappée 9. Suspension 10. Pedal point

Closely related keys and modulation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Music Compositionn/a20%n/a
Music Compositionn/a20%n/a
Music Compositionn/a60%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Eric Taylor: 1989, AB Guide to Music Theory I, 15, ABRSM,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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