Misc. Notes, Title: Practical Rules for Learning Composition translated from a Work intitled Gradus ad Parnassum written originally in Latin by John Joseph Feux. 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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Mattheson ‘s favourable account of his choral writing and his chamber duet style. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

He gave the book as a gift to harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick in Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange.

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. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from.

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 in ” zwei gleiche Theile ” two equal partsresulting in equal temperament. An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies.

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”. Lists with This Book. 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.

While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term “species counterpoint,” Fux was not the first one to invent the idea.


The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

Fux recommends spending 3 years working out the various species before writing free compositions. It may not be the best “total beginner” guide at least not for mebut it is fascinating to take a glimpse nohann 17th and 18th century music pedagogy, not to mention the perspective Fux gives through the dialogue of the student and teacher. Jul 29, John rated it liked it. Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices.

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. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. Loved jlhann dialog counterooint teacher and pupil.

Telemannand others as a composer whose command of Italian style was combined with mathematical exactitude. Johann Joseph Fux was born to a peasant family in Hirtenfeld in Styria. At the outset, Fux states his purpose: Goodreads helps you keep track counteropint books you want to read. Refresh and try again.

In fact he completely misses the style of Palestrina and teaches a mix of baroque and misunderstood renaissance polyphony. I believe JJ Fux’s treatise on counterpoint is essential to any pupil wishing to learn the craft of tonal composition. This book is great for learning counterpoint and the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Composer’s Toolbox a blog for the composers and audiences of today’s music.

This article has multiple issues. Bach which suggest that he was a source of influence on J. Also, the ending is chilling and caught me by surprise Relatively little is known about his early life, but likely he went to nearby Graz for music lessons.

Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or library! Good classic work for studying the theory of counterpoint. The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section. 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.


It is just a little bit intermediate for someone just starting out, but the exercises are invaluable. Definitely worth a look th Reading this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted! No work of Palestrina or any other great master could have been written following the rules laid out by Fux and the whole “learn rules to break them” mentality is unhelpful; what would be the benefit of studying rules that do not help one realize what leads to independence of parts or good melodic lines?

Will probably come back to it soon. Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the cantus firmus in any modern texts. May 16, Zack Macomber rated it really liked it. At the outset Fux states his purpose: Buy it because you can always get better, and doing these exercises challenges you to really examine your fundamentals.

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We Schenkerians need to keep those skills honed. In the first part, Fux presents a summary of the theory on Musica Speculativa, or the analysis of jojann as proportions between numbers. HelloI saw your tweets about animals and thought I will check your website. However, analyzing the figures and trying to do them on your own reveals even more about the practice than is put into words in the dialogue.

Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals counetrpoint the Western system of music notation before reading this book. All in all a very useful book. He is like a bigger brother for her.

Johann Joseph Fux

Theorie und Kompositionspraxis’, in R. By signing up you agree to Counterpoont. London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Most subsequent counterpoint textbooks have taken J. In the first part, J.