North Coast NSW, Australia
|posted: 9/6/2006 at 1:15:18 AM ET|
Fux ( with a name like that, he had to excell at something)is credited with creating the species counterpoint technique.
His Music students learnt composition techniques step by step and composed in the same way , beginning with a part in even notes to which they would then add the next part in notes of the same length, then two notes against each other, then 3 and then 4 (against each one, then a syncopated part (one against one, but moving alternately) and finally a combination of all these. 16th Cent, I think. The effect is a layering of sound, and is very impressive.
There is an Australian composition called ""Dawn Mantras"" which uses this method, but I can't recall the composer5s name.