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A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons   By: (1866-)

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A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons by Friedrich Johann Lehmann is a comprehensive guide for those interested in studying and mastering the art of counterpoint. With its clear and methodical approach, this book is a valuable resource for both beginners and more advanced musicians.

Lehmann begins by laying a strong foundation in music theory, ensuring readers have a solid understanding of key concepts before diving into counterpoint techniques. His explanations are concise yet thorough, making it easy to follow along without feeling overwhelmed.

The structure of the book is well-planned, with each lesson building upon the previous one. Lehmann introduces new concepts gradually, allowing readers to grasp each idea before moving on. The inclusion of musical examples throughout the book helps to reinforce these concepts and aids in the development of aural skills.

What sets this book apart from others is Lehmann's emphasis on practical application. With each lesson, he provides plenty of exercises for readers to practice the newly learned techniques. These exercises are thoughtfully designed and progressively challenging, allowing readers to steadily develop their skills in counterpoint.

One of the book's strongest features is its inclusion of analyses of famous compositions. Lehmann breaks down these works, highlighting examples of effective counterpoint and demonstrating how the techniques discussed in the book can be found in real-world music. This not only reinforces the lessons but also helps to cultivate an appreciation for the beauty of counterpoint in established works.

While the book is undoubtedly a valuable resource, it is worth noting that some readers may find certain sections dense and demanding. Lehmann's writing style, although clear and precise, might require occasional rereads to fully grasp some of the more complex concepts.

Overall, A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons by Friedrich Johann Lehmann is a highly informative and practical guide to counterpoint. Whether you are a student, composer, or music lover looking to deepen your understanding of music theory and enhance your compositional skills, this book is an excellent choice. With its systematic approach and wealth of exercises, it is sure to assist readers in their pursuit of mastering the art of counterpoint.

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A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons


Friedrich J. Lehmann

Instructor of Theory in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Author of "Lessons in Harmony"




The purpose of this work is to supply the need in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music of a text book on Simple Counterpoint containing a definite assignment of lessons, and affording more practice than usual in combining species.

It is a treatise on strict counterpoint, but strict in a limited sense only. In two part counterpoint with other than the first species in both parts, dissonances are permitted under certain conditions, and in three and four part writing the unprepared seventh and ninth, and the six four chord, are allowed in certain ways.

While the illustrations have been written in close score, it is nevertheless urged that all exercises be written out in open score, as the movement of the different parts is thus more clearly seen.

The use of the C clefs is left optional with the teacher.

A knowledge of harmony is presupposed, hence nothing is said pertaining to it.

The author wishes to express his indebtedness to Professor A.E. Heacox for his help and advice.


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