Composition 1: From the Cantus to the Choir


What Will I Learn?

  • In learning the concept of the Cantus Firmus, we will lay a foundation for melodic construction.

Topics for this course

2 Lessons1h


Introduction Quiz

The first Mode – the Medieval Dorian Mode

Writing our first Cantus Firmus

Writing our First-Species Counterpoint

Adding the Remaining Two Voices Part 1 (Old School)

Adding the Remaining Two Voices Part 2- a more Modern Chordal approach

Moving on from Whole notes “Connecting the Dots”


Modifying the Cantus in accordance to the Lyric

Writing in the basic “Chorale” style” based on a Cantus previously composed

Expression… “Polishing our compositions”

Our Final exam

Conclusion: Where do we go from here?

Transforming the Cantus to a Chorale

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Material Includes

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  • Music Theory 1 and 2 or the equivalent in experience and/or knowledge