Quotes of Counterpoint

“ The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all… ”

- John Jay Chapman

“ I liked counterpoint because of the way that things went together. That was interesting because the musical elements were separable and then you could warp all of these lines and times and spaces into each other and put voices together. That was a different kind of experience from harmony and I was very affected by it, too; I was escaping the boundaries of space and time. ”

- Robert Morris

“ It seems to me that ensemble constraints must first be understood in their own terms, within musical cultures individually and comparitively, looking to what appear to be basic principles in each in light of the others, I would call such a study 'comparative counterpoint'. ”

- Harold Powers
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