Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint Guide

Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint Study Guide:
A Complete Outline of Rules and Style Guidelines

Robert T. Kelley
September 2000 – January 2001 (Still Under Construction)

Note: This is not a tutorial, and cannot serve to replace classroom instruction in 16th-century counterpoint. It is intended to function as a review resource for students preparing for an exam or for anyone needing to brush up on their skills.

  1. The Modal System
  2. Melodic Writing and Text Setting
  3. Consonance and Dissonance
  4. Imitative Counterpoint


Fux, Johann Joseph, tr. Alfred Mann and John Edmunds. The Study of Counterpoint, from Gradus ad Parnassum. New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1971.

Gauldin, Robert. A Practical Approach to Sixteenth/Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (2 separate volumes). Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc., 1995. (Short volumes with good information.)