[Smt-talk] Improvised Canon

Ninov, Dimitar N dn16 at txstate.edu
Thu Oct 11 13:09:44 PDT 2012

Dear Daniel,

Thank you. I completely understand and I admire Prof. Schubert's practical method. I was wondering about the extent Prof. Schubert has arrived at, and he was so kind as to reply to me. Actually, the achievements of those students exceeded my expectations for which Prof. Schubert deserves a praise!

On another note, involving written theory of counterpoint. Yes, I agree that rules are a burden, and I am all for as much simplification as one can apply. However, we know that the inverted counterpoint at the octave, 10th and 12th is the core of canon techniques, including canonic sequences that transpose the material up or down once the initial imitation has taken place. Without these rules Bach would not have been able to masterfully work out his inventions and fugues. Virtually every invention (and fugue) contains wonderful application of invertible counterpoint in a canonic sequence fashion. For Bach this is the alphabet of canonic technique. If we want to understand this alphabet (and why we marvel at it) we must study it as written theory in the classroom, and I am sure teachers of counterpoint do that.

With best regards,


Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
School of Music
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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