Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum: Johann Fux, Alfred Mann: Books – The Study of Counterpoint has ratings and 36 reviews. Joel said: Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux? Even if you’re not a musician — like. from Johann Joseph Fux’s. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theo- retical work Gradus ad Parnassum. Since its appearance in

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Return to Book Page. Oh venerable master, you are my constant companion! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fux was famous as a composer throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18th century as the Baroque style died out.

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. Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint.

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

May 06, Joel rated it it was amazing. For its distinction as a classic and its undiminished fyx for the modern student it is a privilege to offer this fine translation in the Norton Library. Taking the reader step-by-step through the processes involved.

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. I would use this as a companion to studying counterpoint or as a review since it has a different way of saying things and is concise.

First species in three-part counterpoint essentially follows the same rules prescribed for two-part writing. I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent. This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Jan 15, Walt Burge rated it it was amazing.


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Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is good both for educating yourself and for identifying the practices of the period in which it was written and how the practices were changing at that time. Counterpointt with the other species, Fux includes various examples of fourth species in three-part writing, the Lydian example is shown below.

Even if you’re not a musician — like, if you’re maybe a painter or a movie-maker or just a person trying to get some stuff done or something — read this book and feel inspired by its easy to understand analysis of the ever complex world of counterpoint. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one to invent the idea. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use. An impressive list of nineteenth-century composers subscribed to its second edition, and in more recent times Paul Hindemith said, “Perhaps the craft of counterpoibt would really have fallen into decline if Fux’s?


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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow.

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I understand why he would recommend that as this book requires time and practice to work out. The second note of the counterpoint may be consonant bars 1, counteproint, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 or dissonant bars 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 with the corresponding note in the cantus firmus. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Study of Counterpoint

It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable! Nice and short, really; of course it is.

In the following example, the dissonant second note 7 leaps to the third note, rather than moving by step.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I believe JJ Fux’s treatise on counterpoint is essential to any pupil wishing to learn the craft of tonal composition.

It goes through Species for 1 voice, and proceeds with developments of up to 4 voices. 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 of the note value ; and florid counterpoint, in which the other species are combined freely. It would be a great second book for someone wishing to learn theory. Anybody interested in learning counterpoint form historical sources is better adivsed to look at Morley, Tinctoris and Zarlino for the Renaissance and Mattheson, Rameau and Marpur for the Baroque.

Fux was born to a peasant family in HirtenfeldStyriaAustria. Some valuable information and insight. An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Dec 24, Dimitris rated it it was amazing. Bars 7 and 8 of the following is an example of this.

In the lower counterpoint of the above example, all dissonance is either approached and left by step as passing notes or is prepared as a suspension and resolved correctly. Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo. Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and fourth species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against one. Available Our Retail Price: Fux states that the first note of each bar must be consonant with the given note of the cantus firmus while the three remaining notes can be a mixture of consonant and dissonant notes, providing the following rules are adhered to: June Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Fourth species like second species, requires two notes for every given note in the cantus firmus. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method. That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

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