Counterpoint For Guitar sheet music – guitar sheet music by Dusan Bogdanovic: Berben. Shop the World’s Largest Sheet Music Selection today. Dusan Bogdanovic, “Counterpoint for Guitar” With Improvisation in the Renaissance Style and Study in Motivic Metamorphosis Text in Italian and English. Counterpoint for guitar with improvisation in the renaissance style and study in motivic metamorphosis by Dusan Bogdanovic. Published by Berben. pages.

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Italian and English texts. A guitarist, compose and improviser, Bogdanovic has developed a style which is the synthesis of classical, jazz and ethnic music. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Please try again later. This book fills a obgdanovic need and is the only book that does so: It uses the standard practice of Species Counterpoint, following the tradition of J. Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum ofwith various more modern approaches mixed in, and it does about the best job that might be expected of presenting these concepts on the fingerboard of the guitar; I have no serious complaints about the vusan this has been done, because it is a challenge in any case.

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Furthermore, it is the only such book existing at this time. So, it is a must-read for guitarists, but in my opinion it is not the only possible way to study or to conceive of counterpoint on the fingerboard of the guitar, nor the best.


There are two areas of criticism to be mentioned. First, Species Counterpoint is not guitar-friendly, because the exercises in four parts – which are the best fruit of the practice and involve the most advanced level of musical puzzle-solving – are not technically possible on the guitar.

Bogdanovic avoids this issue by only treating species counterpoint in two and three parts. This might lead a guitarist to the lamentable conclusion that counterpoint in four parts is not possible on the guitar, which is not the case; but another approach is conceivable, based on making an inventory of what is actually possible on the guitar and proceeding from there, rather than beginning with a set of abstract rules.

I only mention this as a possibility, there is no book treating this.

Bogdanovic, Dusan. Counterpoint for Guitar

My second criticism is of Species Counterpoint in general. Although it is purported to convey the style and technique of 16th century modal counterpoint, the original and classic presentation by Fux inalthough claiming to represent the style of Palestrina, is actually an account of the “Prima Pratica” of counterpoint AS it was received in the late 17th century a hundred years down the road, and in many obvious ways it does not correspond to 16th century practice, but to late 17th century practice.

None of the common texts on Species Counterpoint – FuxJeppesenBogdanovicSchubertfor instance – have a true account of the modal system although Schubert has the most intelligent and informative info and the most sensitive appreciation of the issues involved ; instead they present modern dumbed-down hybrid versions of the “modal system” which eliminate its language-like complexities and fail to give an accurate or complete account of the two competing modal systems used in the 16th c.

They ignore solfege, the hexachords, the Guidonian Hand, the irregular modal cadence schedules and other language-like details which strongly influenced composition in that era. This has to do with the need to get a class of undergraduates through the course without having to answer too many questions, which presumably are saved for grad school. In other words, if you really want to study authentic modal counterpoint, you aren’t going to get it from any of these texts, and must consult the primary sources, Zarlino, Tomas de Santa Maria, Ornithoparcus, Morley, etc.


Someday someone will synthesize this info in a coherent way for guitarists, LOL. Instead, in reading academic texts on species counterpoint such as the present one, you get a kind of modal pablum for undergraduates which has only a faint relationship with the realities of the vast repertory of 16th century lute and vihuela music.

This is regrettable but it remains the case as far as I know. I recommend this work. Do you classical guitar? There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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