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    Counterpoint quiz software?

    Does anyone know of a software or online program that quizes you on applying classical counterpoint techniques to a cantus firmus and gives feedback on your counterpoint? I'd like to practice over and over again and have my results checked against the rules for each species.

    I've tried this one, but it only does first species and only uses one cantus firmus for each mode, so you don't get the change to really get drilled on the topics against different CFs.

    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesOne.html

    Has anyone run across any other programs that do this?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Counterpoint quiz software?

    I want to learn counterpoint too. I have seen this software and I'm thinking about buying it.

    http://www.ars-nova.com/counterpointer.html

    Hope it helps.

    -Dani-

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    That's exactly what I was looking for - thanks!
    Karim

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    Re: Counterpoint quiz software?

    For counterpoint, please consider:

    http://www.truespec.com/counterpoint-by-fux-p-266.html

    http://www.truespec.com/bbooksb-perc...hius-c-77.html

    Lots of good, practical teaching here.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: Counterpoint quiz software?

    Did you end up buying that Counterpointer software? I've sorta had my eyes on that and waiting to hear from reviews.
    "Music is a manifestation of the human spirit similar to a language. If we do not want such things to remain dead treasures, we must do our utmost to make the greatest number of people understand their secrets" -- Zoltan Kodaly

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    Re: Counterpoint quiz software?

    Quote Originally Posted by karelm
    I've tried this one, but it only does first species and only uses one cantus firmus for each mode, so you don't get the change to really get drilled on the topics against different CFs.

    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesOne.html

    Has anyone run across any other programs that do this?

    Thanks.
    That site has all 5 Species discussions and an applet with each one that checks your work.

    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesOne.html
    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesTwo6F.html
    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesThreeV3.html
    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesFourV3.html
    http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesFiveV3b.html

    Regards

    Jeff

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    Disregard that last comment. I've since discovered that the Species 2 - 5 applets are not applets at all, just screenshots of the Species 1 applet.

    Bummer. :-(

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    Re: Counterpoint quiz software?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZareOne
    I want to learn counterpoint too. I have seen this software and I'm thinking about buying it.

    http://www.ars-nova.com/counterpointer.html

    Hope it helps.


    Don't buy a software..buy a good teacher

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    I agree. This seems like a weird way to train your ears. I recommend a book like, "Counterpoint" by Walter Piston. Take Bach's Inventions or Art of the Fugue, then listen to them and analyze the scores, note by note, bar by bar. He was the master.

    And we are lucky now-a-days. Having a sequencer allows you to try all kind of different voicing. When I got my degree, I played out my 3 and 4 part harmonies on the piano just to see what they sounded like. I'm in my 50s now and I love all my toys. What a treat it is to have a symphony and choir at your fingertips! And if a note sounds sour, you just go in and edit it up or down a semitone. Sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaatza Music
    I agree. This seems like a weird way to train your ears. I recommend a book like, "Counterpoint" by Walter Piston. Take Bach's Inventions or Art of the Fugue, then listen to them and analyze the scores, note by note, bar by bar. He was the master.

    And we are lucky now-a-days. Having a sequencer allows you to try all kind of different voicing. When I got my degree, I played out my 3 and 4 part harmonies on the piano just to see what they sounded like. I'm in my 50s now and I love all my toys. What a treat it is to have a symphony and choir at your fingertips! And if a note sounds sour, you just go in and edit it up or down a semitone. Sweet!
    I fully agree:

    I studied counterpoint back in the late 80's during transition from tape to MIDI and PC. I had to play my first exercises on my piano, bar by bar, slowly and using lot of imagination to understand if the music was good or not.

    The last years of conservatory, I was able of recording my fugues and my orchestral variations for the teacher, and he had just to listen, following the score, instead of playing it on the piano with the challenge of an orchestral multy key partition or the intricate counterpoint of fast fugal passages....

    I DON'T KNOW WHY BUT MY HOMEWORK RECEIVED BETTER AND BETTER APPROVAL....

    WE ARE LUCKY...BUT....THE TEACHER WAS STILL A MAN!

    No PC can tell you music. PC is a virtual book, the best book ever. PC is a virtual performer, the best educational performer ever.

    A man is a man, the only one who can tell and teach about humanity: and music (at least artistic good music) is humanity.

    BUT NOTHING AGAINST APPLETS: IT'S A WONDERFUL GYM FOR STIMULATING STUDENTS! As the technology will improve, virtual teacher wont replace human teacher, but will make solid and fast the theoretical study of rules and mechanics of almost every musical discipline.

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