Cruz | Six Contrapuntal Etudes for solo guitar

Cruz | Six Contrapuntal Etudes for solo guitar

Model: D- 6911 / CNP74478
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Publication's Style: Soft Cover 9" X 12"
Pages: 13
Level of Difficulty: Advanced
General Description: Etudes for Solo Guitar

This set of six pieces may be best described as a collection of baroque inspired works which explore lessons in the various species of counterpoint. While each etude was designed with a specific species in mind, this variety of species is dispersed freely throughout the collection.

These pieces are not limited to one style but also use impressionistic, romantic and classical influence while exercising counterpoint. The goal for such diversity in this collection is to create moments of contrast to avoid a sense of tedium. Number one, for example, practices third species within measures 9 through 12 but exhibits a clear departure from any hint of counterpoint in surrounding material. Number two is a modern tonal work which uses a variety of species but in the end, leaves the listener with the impression that he has just heard a prelude. For the greatest moment of contrast, number four avoids use of species altogether, but rather, uses a compositional device frequently used in the baroque period consisting of a subject made up entirely of sixteenth notes with an implied pedal point against a melodic subject that falls. This device is probably best recognized in J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Number six incorporates two measures of a himeola in measures 24 and 25 while the remainder of the study uses three against one as the foundation for this final etude marked vivace.

Other didactic material within this collection are scales, right-hand arpeggios, horizontal dovetailing of voices (fourth species), repeated chords, syncopation and slurs.

M. A. Cruz (2009)


  • Model: D- 6911 / CNP74478
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