Monday, August 30, 2004

Contrapuntal...

Contrapuntal, according to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, means: with respect to musical texture, exhibiting counterpoint, a degree of independence among the lines or parts making up the texture; in this sense roughly synonymous with polyphonic, as distinct from homophonic. Another way of explaining this is to say that a certain melody is played on top of another part of the song. An example of this could be when playing the piano, you could be playing one melody with your right hand while the left hand is playing something different. Then later in the piece it could switch and the left hand could be playing the melody, while the right hand is playing something different. The certain melody has to kind of hold its own, while the rest of the music is being played. An example of this, which I will be demonstrating in class tomorrow, would be a Bach fugue.