Counterpoint Examples

These polyphonic pieces are organized by century and style.  

16th & 17th Century

Composer

Title

Description

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) 

Oculus non vidit (PDF) (Youtube)

2-part Motet

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) 

Fulgebunt justi sicut lilium (PDF)

2-part Motet

Thomas Morley (1557-1603)

I go before, my darling (PDF)

2-part Canzona

Giovanni Gastoldi (1554-1609)

Bicinium (PDF)

2-part Instrumental Duet

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) 

Jesu, rex admirabilis (PDF)

3-part Motet

Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) 

Kyrie from Missa O Magnum Mysterium (PDF)

3-part Motet

Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)

The nightingale, the organ of delight (Youtube)

3-part Canzonet

William Byrd (1543-1623) 

Benedictus from Mass for three Voyces (PDF)

3-part Motet

William Byrd (1543-1623) 

Fantasia a 3 (Youtube)

3-part Instrumental Trio

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) 

Missa Brevis Kyrie (Youtube)

4-part Motet

Jacques Arcadelt (1507-1568) 

Felice me, se de I bei un raggio (PDF)

4-part Madrigal

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1613) 

Canzon seconda a quattro (PDF) (Youtube )

4-part Instrumental Canzona

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

The Silver Swan (Youtube)

5-part Madrigal

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) 

Canzon Terza (PDF)

Keyboard

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) 

Fantasia Duodecima quattro soggetti  (PDF)

Keyboard

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

A Ground in Gamut (PDF)

Harpsichord Variations

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)

Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (PDF)

Harpsichord Variations

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Trio Sonata Op. 4, No. 1 (PDF)

2 violins and Continuo

18th & 19th Century

Composer

Title

Description

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 600

Gott durch deine Gute or Gottes Sohn ist Kommen (PDF) (Youtube)

Chorale Prelude, Organ

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 610

Jesu, meine Freude   (PDF) (Youtube)

Chorale Prelude, Organ

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 625

Christ lag in Todes Banden   (PDF) (Youtube)

Chorale Prelude, Organ

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 775

Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D minor (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 779

Two-Part Invention No. 8 in F major  (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 784

Two-Part Invention No. 13 in A minor (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 788

Three-Part Sinfonia No. 2 in C minor (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 790

Three-Part Sinfonia No. 4 in D minor (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 792

Three-Part Sinfonia No. 6 in E major (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 847

WTC Book I, Fugue No. II in C minor (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 1:46)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 857

WTC Book I, Fugue No. VI in D minor (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 1:40)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 861

WTC Book I, Fugue No. XVI in G minor  (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 2:09)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 874

WTC Book II, Fugue No. V in D major  (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 5:28)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 876

WTC Book II, Fugue No. VII in Eb major (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 2:22)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 988

Goldberg Variations, Aria (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 988

Goldberg Variations, Canon No. 6 (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 988

Goldberg Variations, Canon No. 12 (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 988

Goldberg Variations, Canon No. 18  (PDF) (Youtube)

Keyboard

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet K. 465, Adagio (PDF) (Youtube)

String Quartet

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Fugue in G Minor K. 401 (PDF) (Youtube

Organ

Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)

The Creation, Final Chorus “Singt dem Herren” (Youtube, begin at 0:40)

Oratorio

Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)

Opus 20, No.5, Finale  (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 21:36)

String Quartet

Ludvig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Fugue in D, Op. 137 (PDF) (Youtube)

String Quintet

Ludvig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet No. 14 in C# Minor, Op. 131 (PDF) (Youtube)

String Quintet

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op. 37, No. 2  (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 3:06)

Organ

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op. 37, No. 3 (PDF) (Youtube, begin at 5:20)

Organ

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Prelude and Fugue No. III, Op. 16   (PDF) (Youtube)

Piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Op. 122 (PDF)

Based on a chorale by Michael Praetorius (1609) (PDF)

Chorale Prelude, Organ

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52, No. 10 “O wie sanft die Quelle”    (PDF)

SATB Choir

Camille Saint Saëns (1835-1921) 

Fugues, Op. 52 and Op. 111 (1877/99) (Youtube)

Piano

20th & 21st Century

Composer

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