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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 5. May 5, 1943

Contrapuntal Music

Contrapuntal Music

A goodly gathering of folk were crammed into the music room on Tuesday, 11th, to hear Anthony Alpers talk about "Early Contrapuntal Music." Perhaps all the people had come from the Glee Club, which had just had a record attendance (you should hear us sing! Like nightingales! (?)) All the same, though he'd had only about five minutes to prepare it, A.A. had some really interesting material to give. This early music is fascinating stuff, and if we were a little moronic (or so Anthony evidently thought), we got the gist of some of the ideas. His records were first-class, and the names! You can spell them hundreds of ways, just as you can Smythe. If he had been a bit more definite in his statements, and assumed we knew a little more about music . . . but. then, those chants in fifths, and Palestrina! We didn't quite catch that crack about A flat, but we learnt a lot we didn't know before.