countersubject

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countersubject

(ˈkaʊntəˌsʌbdʒɪkt)
n
(Classical Music) music (in a fugue) the theme in one voice that accompanies the statement of the subject in another
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Translations
controsoggetto
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(1) While playing through the piece, students should mark the score for the entrance of subjects, answers, countersubjects and the various subject statements (augmentation, diminution, stretto or inversion).
The main function of legal limitations is creation of conditions for satisfaction of interests of countersubjects and public interests in protection and security.
Scheidemann's frequent use of imitation at the inversion, and of regular countersubjects, reveals a concern with the types of counterpoint described in the treatises.
The fugal writing of the second aria treats subjects and countersubjects in a variety of styles: free, sequential, chromatic, canonic, stretto, and cadenza.
Both the music and the lyrics play with the motive and its "concomitant countersubjects" which build to a climax.
There are no countersubjects in the Fugue, and each voice states different material to accompany the subject statements in the exposition.
By examining these sketches, Caplin demonstrates that for Beethoven, the subject of the fugue was set in time, and that the compositional process revolved around the development of successful countersubjects. Finally, Joseph Kerman discusses Adorno's idea that the quartet op.
Subjects are pink, countersubjects are blue, free counterpoint is green, and episodes are yellow.
In these moments, the narrators' voices take on the role of countersubject, defined as 'a recurring counterpoint to the theme, often (but not always) adding its own motives.