chapter  14
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The Melodic Line

Our study of the writing of modal counterpoint will be based on the principles of sacred music as practiced during the Counter-Reformation. The works of three composers-Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria-are especially suitable as models because, more than other composers, they embody in a consistent way the ideals of church music as approved by the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and the subsequent Commission of Cardinals on sacred music (1564-1565).