Take the 2-minute tour ×
Musical Practice & Performance Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a background 1 year of harmony study and I'm now taking a non-western modal approach to music (trough Indian Classical Music, which is mainly monophonic and have no concept of harmony). I have some ideas to compose melodies in two or three voices (wich, as I said, doesn't exist in ICM) and I want to study counterpoint for exploring that further without entering again in the harmony terrain (I've discarded it for now, chords and harmonic functions don't appeal much to me right now).

As someone pointed me out in a answer to another question:

You are on the right track in thinking that "sixteenth century counterpoint melody or modal based (as this answer suggests) and eighteenth century counterpoint harmony based."

Where do I start to study counterpoint from a melodic (ie, melodies interaction) point of view without harmony?

share|improve this question
    
I suggest looking at this answer to a previous question: music.stackexchange.com/a/4945/1546 –  Reina Abolofia Jun 1 '12 at 5:28
    
In additions to @Reina's awesome answer, you can take a look at this (very general) answer to How is counterpoint different from harmony? –  jadarnel27 Jun 1 '12 at 12:04
add comment

1 Answer

In my Form and Analysis and Counterpoint classes at UW-Madison, we used the Aldwell-Schachter book, which has very thorough and IMO excellent instruction in all the species of counterpoint, working off a cantus, and other techniques for writing horizontally i.e., as interactions of melodies instead of just plonking chords down. Not that there's anything WRONG with plonking chords down, of course...

http://books.google.com/books/about/Harmony_Voice_Leading.html?id=-Hp1g3DWNMgC

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.