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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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The Study of Counterpoint

Views View Edit History. The Baroque age in music in Austria ends with him.

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.

About half of the book is framed as a conversation between a teacher and a student. Feb 12, Stephen Ian Savage rated it it was amazing.

This part is in the form of a dialog, between a master Aloysius, Latin for Luigi, who is meant to represent Palestrina’s ideas and a student, Josephus, who represents Fux himself, a self-admitted admirer of Palestrina. It is clear that Fux belonged to this distinguished gathering not as a theorist but as a composer, especially given J.

In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent; and he was organist at St Moritz until I honestly cannot understand why people still recommend Fux, to this day, some referring to him as “the source”. Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and fourth species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against one.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Trivia About The Study of Coun The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: Nice and short, really; of course it is.

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. Views Read Edit View history. In the first part, Fux presents a summary of the theory on Musica Speculativa, or the analysis of intervals as proportions between numbers. I also found it as “Mensurstrich”.

This page was last edited on 1 Augustat The Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna owns a booklet in which Beethoven collected excerpts from this edition.

fradus Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book.

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 carry the torch.

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

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Appreciated the good gfadus for the rules, as well as the message that some of them are mostly guidelines rather than absolute truths is very important to go forward with the more complicat Masterpiece! All in all a very useful book.

Johann Joseph Fux – Wikipedia

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. This article includes a fuc of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the cantus firmus in any modern texts. Dec 12, Acer Pseudoplantatus rated it did not like it Shelves: It appears that your comment is correct, though it could also mean that both answers apply. Public domain and Wikipedia: Fux expressed the intention of adding sections on how to write counterpoint for more than four parts, indicating that rules in this area were to be “less rigorously observed”.

Johann Joseph Fux, Gradus ad Parnassum, Auszug, Autograph Beethovens

I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. It’s more important to learn the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing. Some valuable information and insight. Jun 26, Joe rated it it was amazing.