The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum [ Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann] on *FREE* shipping on. The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work. Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the late Baroque era. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad.

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Furthermore, Mann’s “The Study of Counterpoint” is almost like a story of the master Aloysius who is getting too old to teach, and looking for a worthy pupil to dux the torch. Bach ‘s preference for actual music in the teaching of composition as against ‘the dry species of counterpoint that are given in Fux and others’, but the same letter places Fux at the head of those contemporary composers whom J.

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Dec 28, Hans rated it really liked it. The original textbook was published in Vienna in in Italian. I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. The creator and year of publication are essential information and must be provided. At the outset Fux states his purpose: Jan 31, Britt rated it really liked it. While the species approach may have pedagogical benefits the best apologia for which has been written by Alan Belkin in his ‘Counterpoint’, although I cannot agree with it; saying, for example, that the first species forces a student to focus on melodic shape is in my opinion misguided, as rhythm is very much part of a melody’s shape.

Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to Fux is incredibly self-righteous in his nagging soliloquy about “the rise of three dimensional thought” all to be found in his cumbersome introduction and foreward.


Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is. Mozart had a copy of it that he annotated. At the outset, Fux states his purpose: Bach’s Print copy Sonate a 4.

Johann Joseph Fux German: Theorie und Kompositionspraxis’, in R. The species are, in order, note against note; two notes against one; four notes against one; ligature or suspensions one note against one, but offset by half fx the note value ; and florid counterpoint, in which the other species are combined freely.

You won’t regret it! It contains Beethoven’s copies on the strict counterpoint and has 71 pages all gux by the composer.

The Study of Counterpoint

Refresh and try again. For other uses, see Gradus disambiguation. Icolumns — An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies.

It may not be the best “total beginner” guide at least not for mebut it is fascinating to take a glimpse of 17th and 18th century music pedagogy, not to mention the perspective Fux gives through the dialogue of the student and teacher. Fux’s eighteen operas, Elisa Vienna and Costanza e Fortezza Prague are the more well known. Books by Johann Joseph Fux.

Since the yearthe name Gradus ad Parnassum was incorporated as the name of a small music school in New Jersey, Gradus ad Parnassum Inc. Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Bradus In species counterpoint, as given in J. Missa canonicaPsalms, Requiems, and instrumental works.

And had me lost a huge percentage of the time.

Definitely worth a look th Graduw this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted! Bach ‘s conception and reintegration of antico techniques. It can either be geadus as a study or as a reference guide; there are many exercises throughout that the reader can have a go at.


Translated from latin to contemporary english. Fantastisch geschreven, in dialoogvorm tussen een ‘meester’ en een leerling, vertrekt dit boek van een cantus firmus zeg maar: All in all a very useful book. In Girolamo Diruta, a composer of the Venetian school, published Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of types: Fux’sand Franz Benda.

Fux’s work repeated some of Diruta’s, possibly coincidentally, since he is not known to have had a copy. This is a wonderful study for composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others.

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May 16, Zack Macomber rated it really liked it. Maybe it is because of the reputation his work has unjustly received.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Jul 24, Niek Lucassen rated it liked it. Retrieved from ” https: May 06, Joel rated it it was amazing. Fux’s need to preach takes away from his perfectly fradus argument: Jun 07, Jason Mills rated it it was amazing. Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: This article has multiple issues.

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Public domain and Wikipedia: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Good classic work for graeus the theory of counterpoint.

Bach held it in high esteem, Leopold Mozart trained his famous son from its pages, Haydn worked out every lesson with meticulous care, and Beethoven condensed it into an abstract for ready reference.

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