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hpr1512 :: Adopting and Renovating a Public-Domain Counterpoint Textbook

I discuss one of my latest projects, a digital overhaul of a 100+ year old counterpoint textbook

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Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2014-05-20 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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In this episode I discuss the problem of increasingly expensive college textbooks, and share with you the solution I devised to combat the problem in my counterpoint class at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Part of the solution is to adopt a public-domain textbook that's more than 100 years old, and to give the text a 21st-century makeover that I believe will make it even better-suited for the digital age than any other comparable book in the market at any price. The counterpoint page on my website, with source files and information about my creative-commons counterpoint workbook, "Gratis ad Parnassum," as well as links to the 1910 counterpoint textbook by Percy Goetschius: entitled "Exercises in Elementary Counterpoint."

My html version of the Goetschius textbook (in progress):


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Comment #1 posted on 2014-12-15 12:24:26 by Måns Mårtensson


I wonder if you know TiddlyWiki? I've been using it for music text books, note books etc... It is searchable and downloadable as a single file. It can save changes from a browser and be used/edited locally on a pc or online via a plethora of backends or simply with a small php script. Here are a couple of examples I made myself: TW classic: The new TW:

Cheers Måns Mårtensson, Denmark

Comment #2 posted on 2018-09-30 14:19:53 by Ken Fallon

Ahhh so that's what counterpoint is.

Polyphonic had a video about Scarborough Fair/Canticle: How Simon and Garfunkel Created a Timeless Song, and it struck me what counterpoint was.

Comment #3 posted on 2018-10-02 22:20:47 by Jon Kulp

Talk about reviving...

Ken, are you just now getting around to listening to this episode? Whoever thought this old thing would get brought back from the dead haha! Anyway yes, counterpoint is the art of combining melodies. :)

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