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Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:35:38 AM »
Prof Belkin's course on counterpoint has begin. Introductory lesson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWjyds4yRAA&feature=youtu.be


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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »
Thanks for the alert - Alan Belkin's counterpoint course should be interesting!

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 11:02:22 AM »
The first lesson of the course is online on Youtube - it's a short and basic presentation on how to write melodies for singers.

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 12:13:15 PM »
The next lesson is out on Youtube. Alan is really starting with the basics - this lesson is about first species counterpoint. Most of us have seen this before, but it's always good to review the basics.

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2018, 07:48:55 PM »
Lessons 4 and 5 are now available.  Lesson 4 covers second species counterpoint and Lesson 5 covers third species.  Beyond covering the usual rules for this type of species counterpoint, Alan discusses the importance of creating a good melodic line in the counterpoint, and how one can accomplish that. His video lessons are short and to the point, although he (or his video producer) indulges in some fancy graphic trickery that seems a bit distracting. Interesting that he stresses the importance of singing your counterpoints and not just listening to it...I recall reading in Phillip Glass's autobiography about Nadia Boulanger's training methods, which also involved intensive singing exercises in the counterpoint lessons.

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018, 07:30:52 PM »
Alan Belkin keeps on churning out his wonderful counterpoint videos. He has now posted video #9, which covers three part counterpoint with mixed species. Finally, he is advancing wel. beyond the basic level of counterpoint presented in Fux's "Gradus Ad Parnassum", which does not cover mixes species counterpoint.  It will be interesting to see where Alan goes next with his course!

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 01:01:58 PM »
Counterpoint Lesson #10 is out!  Alan discusses species counterpoint in 4 part harmony, which produces a lusher sound. No new concepts are introduced; he again emphasizes the importance of each voice having a good melodic structure even if this results in chords of non-standard construction (duplicated thirds, etc.).  I'm looking forward to the next lessons, where he will abandon the use of a cantus firmus.