Friday, February 18, 2011

Species 2, Dorian Mode

Second species is two half-notes set against each whole note in the cantus firmus. It's much harder to get right than whole against whole...

Also, I found a pretty amazing online counterpoint tutor. It abstracts Fux's rules, much like I've been doing for myself. The best part, though, is a Java applet that detects errors in your compositions. I've been using it to make sure my counterpoints follow the melodic rules-- those are the ones I have the most trouble remembering, so far.

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