Part Writing Guidelines at a Glance
(AKA Rules of Thumb)
1. When the root of the chords are a second apart, move the upper voices to the nearest chord
tone in contrary motion to the bass. Make sure to achieve proper doubling.
a. Note: When the bass moves
MUS 394: Counterpoint
Instructor: Dr. Kluesener
3 April 2016
This is an analysis of Bachs Sinfonia No. 10 in G major, BWV 796. Each subject of this
sinfonia is isolated by boxes written in pencil. Larger boxes are lab
Species Counterpoint Rules:
Cantus Firmus = CF
Never change the CF any time everever
1st Species: 1:1
1. Contrary motion is preferable in all cases and similar and oblique motion are tolerable.
Oblique should not be overused because it creates static melo