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date: 26 January 2021


The Oxford Companion to Music
Arnold WhittallArnold Whittall

Counterpoint is the coherent combination of distinct melodic lines in music, and the quality that best fulfils the aesthetic principle of unity in diversity. Before the 20th century, coherence and unity were achieved in contrapuntal music by adherence to rules of voice-leading predicated on the distinction between ... ...

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