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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Even though it is very graxus, it’s one of those books that is best accompanied with a notebook and pencil, to work through the examples yourself. In Greek mythologyone of the peaks was sacred to Apollo and the nine Musesthe inspiring deities of the arts, and the other to Dionysus.

By the ‘s J. The second part, on Musica Pratica, is the section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpointfuguedouble counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on composing sacred musicwriting in the a cappella and in the recitativo style.

Lists with This Book. After a couple months of practice and familiarization on the gradis, I was able to come back and progress through it slowly. After reading a bit more I noticed that ggradus text mentions switching to the tenor. It would be a great second book gradue someone wishing to learn theory. This book on counterpoint is as much about philosophy as it is about voice-leading.

However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood. I’m aware that it’s a dumb question, but I can’t help but wonder. Gradhs, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood. There are many useful exercises and this is obviously a handbook to use as knowledge of counterpoint develops.


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. Sign up using Facebook.

The Study of Counterpoint

Mar 13, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Want to Read saving…. The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Novus synonymorum, epithetorum, versuum ac phrasium poeticarum thesaurus carry a reproduction fhx the Imprimatur of Robert Midgley, September 30th That said, I’m also finding example images and discussions in musescore. If the G clef ends up overriding the C Clef, why include the C clef in the first place?

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Open Preview See a Problem? The conversation approach makes it more than gradu another plain study book.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Graxus. Mozart had a copy of it that he annotated. At the outset Fux states his purpose: But do consider this is a book of exercises and not necessarily a book on writing beautiful contrapuntal works. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating. The dialogue between the student and master made the book much more approachable than if it had been written like a dry textbook, and the old fashioned language was very nice.


Telemannand others as a composer whose command of Italian style was combined with mathematical exactitude. That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. The work is divided into two major parts.

The creator and year of publication are essential information and must be provided. Fux explains that intervals in exact mathematical proportions result in larger and smaller half tonesand he also mentions that some organists added extra keys split halves to use smaller and bigger half tonesbut that adding extra keys on a keyboard was problematic and for this reason they divided every note grafus ” zwei gleiche Theile ” two equal partsresulting in equal temperament.

It’s not unusual fjx also add a time signature since modern notation tends to prefer tux with shorter nominal durations than older music. Aug 07, Chairman Meow added it. London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge gradks you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux? Dec 15, Ella added it. An incredible book that has survived Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo.

In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent. Classified according to their English meaning. 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.