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The sharp distinction early made between "contrapunctus a penna" and
The grandiose whirlwind pomp of the contrapunctus manages to convey a fevered joie de vivre, a ceremonial nobility of an inflamed order, typical of the Karajan who thought himself the "pope of music."
"contrapunctus a mente" showed that composers and singers to a certain degree actually stood in rivalry in their production of passage work for voices.