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hpr1732 :: Renovating another Public-Domain Counterpoint Textbook

A follow-up to ep. 1512, I reflect on what I've learned digitizing two Counterpoint textbooks.

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Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2015-03-24 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:33:34


I mistakenly referred to episode 1516 while I was speaking. I meant to say 1512. The two musical bumpers I used in the show are by J.S. Bach, examples 90 and 91 in the textbook "Applied Counterpoint," by Percy Goetschius. These are my own MIDI renditions so they have no copyright burden upon them.

My html-to-epub conversion command (requires calibre):

ebook-convert foobar.html foobar.epub \
--output-profile=tablet \
--disable-font-rescaling \
--smarten-punctuation \
--change-justification=left \
--preserve-cover-aspect-ratio \
--cover=./pathto/cover.jpg \
--use-auto-toc \
--level1-toc "//h:h1" \
--level2-toc "//h:h3"



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Comment #1 posted on 2015-03-24 20:55:40 by Daniel Worth

Best Show This Year.

Fantastic job on this. I find it VERY useful. More please!

Comment #2 posted on 2015-04-01 04:11:03 by Robert Stackhouse


An easy mnemonic, at least for me, is to remember that slash direction, is the way the top corner of the slash is pointing.

Comment #3 posted on 2015-04-05 23:06:45 by Jonathan Kulp

How do I do this? Watch this screen capture and see

In case any of you are interested after hearing these episodes about the digital make-overs of counterpoint textbooks, I made a screencast showing the workflow that I use to create the embedded musical examples and put them in the book. I don't go into any detail as far as the scripts that are run in the background, you just get to see magic in action.

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