Solicitude

A new one in my current project of setting some tunes from the “Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion.” I love writing countermelodies and this arrangement was no exception. I’m grateful to the teacher of my freshman theory course, Dr. Walter Teutsch, for beginning our first two years of theory with a year of counterpoint, FIRST, before “Harmony.” Usually, it’s reversed. He began with a solid semester of 16th Century (sacred, Italian) counterpoint, and then a semester of tonal counterpoint (J.S. Bach style). I specify the sacred and country because by the time I’d finished grad school I’d had courses in Italian secular counterpoint, English secular counterpoint, etc. Anyway, thank you Dr. Teutsch (now long deceased) who escaped from Nazi Germany before the US entered the war.

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