Zarlino’s Theory of Counterpoint and Ancient Music Theory

Authors

  • Nejc Sukljan University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.59.1-2.109-133

Keywords:

Gioseffo Zarlino, counterpoint, history of music theory, Antiquity, Renaissance

Abstract

This paper discusses connections between Gioseffo Zarlino’s theory of counterpoint and the ancient theoretical tradition. Basic definitions and the placement of the theory of counterpoint in the broader context of Zarlino’s treatise Harmonic Institutions (Le istitutioni harmoniche, 1558) are followed by examples of various rules of counterpoint: the use of dissonances, the use of the fourth, the characteristics of minor and major thirds, the use of chromaticism and enharmony, and rules for setting text to music.

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Published

22. 12. 2023

How to Cite

Sukljan, N. (2023). Zarlino’s Theory of Counterpoint and Ancient Music Theory. Musicological Annual, 59(1-2), 109-133. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.59.1-2.109-133