Modeling Counterpoint by Local Symmetries

  • Guerino Mazzola
Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


This chapter presents the counterpoint model in form of a counterpoint theorem which guarantees the existence and exhibits an arsenal of admitted contrapuntal steps that come in extremely close to the rules of classical counterpoint. The theorem is based on the concept of a contrapuntal symmetry and follows the paradigm of local symmetries as a rationale for forces in physics. Because of its generic concept framework, the theorem, which in this general form1 was proved by Jens Hichert [466], is also valid for non-European scales. We discuss these extensions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
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  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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