A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint by Robert Gauldin

By Robert Gauldin

Gauldin has ready a booklet which leads you rigorously and methodically via counterpoint. The books assignments are its maximum assest. simply because they typically construct on earlier assignments, make certain to not pass any. the teachings are competitive, yet simply in the course of self-study.

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The orthodoxy of technological determinism, however flawed it might be, remains immensely powerful in contemporary society, and the phenomenal development and widespread availability of information, communication and digital technologies continue to fuel this ‘myth’. A technologically determined orthodoxy can be detected in the early theorizing about the mass media as a natural sensory extension to ourselves, encapsulated in McLuhan’s famous phrase ‘the medium is the message’, in which the ‘message’ of the medium or technology supposedly accelerates and changes human lives.

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