On the Rule and Logic of Linear Counterpoint in the early 20th Century
Abstract: The Western modern music in early 20th century entered the transition period that had broken away from homophonic texture and returned or renewed to polyphonic one. To emphasize the counterpoint in composition was regarded as an effective way to weaken thefunction of tonal harmony, which appearing and developing of “linear counterpoint” not only become an important “starting point” for seeking new music creation, but also laid an important theoretical foundation for changing the later music style and innovation of compositional technique as well as formation of diversity writing, which had been an epoch-making significance in the history of developing modern polyphony. Based on the author’s previous research, this article re-explored the linear counterpoint in modern music on aspects oftechnical logic, its historical origin with technique of traditional counterpoint, the rule of pitch organization in actual writing, and so on.
Key Words: the early 20th century, linear counterpoint, technique of counterpoint, technical logic, dissonant independence