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Definition of Counterpoint

Counterpoint

  1. An opposite point
  2. The setting of note against note in harmony; the adding of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody
  3. The art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody not single, but moving attended by one or more related melodies.
  4. Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music. See Polyphony.
  5. A coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into squares; a counterpane. See 1st Counterpane.

Counterpoint Quotations

Counterpoint is a component that gives real energy, and it is about optimism.
Twyla Tharp

Color is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony.
Hans Hofmann

There's a sadness to the human condition that I think music is good for. It gives a counterpoint to the visual beauty, and adds depth to pictures that they wouldn't have if the music wasn't there.
Mike Figgis

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.
Quincy Jones

Counterpoint is difficult. I have been doing it since the beginning of my career. But it is not just taking any opposite. It is finding the right opposite.
Robert Wilson
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Counterpoint Translations

counterpoint in German is Kontrapunkt
counterpoint in Hungarian is ellenpont
counterpoint in Spanish is contrapunto
counterpoint in Swedish is kontrapunkt

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