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Excerpt from A Treatise on Counterpoint, Canon and Fugue
The present work is intended as a companion rather than a sequel to the author's Treatise on Harmony.
There is a great difference of opinion in different countries as to the method and order in which Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Form, and Musical Aesthetics should be studied. In Italy, for example, it has been (till quite recently) the custom to study Counterpoint first, then Fugue, then Harmony; whereas, in Eng land, Germany, and France Harmony has always been taught before any other branch of the subject. But upon a careful consideration of the whole matter, it seems more reasonable to study Harmony and Counterpoint simultaneously. The principal reasons for adopting this course are stated in the body of this work, and both the author's Treatises have been written with a view to this method of treatment.
Many persons conceive that the restrictive rules of Simple Counterpoint are of no great value, inasmuch as they are never followed in all their rigour in the works of our best composers. But this opinion arises from an erroneous idea of the object which these rigorous restrictions are intended to attain. For a course of Elementary Counterpoint is chieﬂy useful, as giving facility in combining many melodies into one harmonious whole; as engendering habits of smooth part-writing, by successively vanquishing the various technical difficulties which ever stand in the way; and as making free composition comparatively easy afterwards by contrasting it with what must be acknowledged to be the drudgery of the earlier processes.
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