The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum [ Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann] on *FREE* shipping on. 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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Fractals and all that. An incredible book that has survived the test of time.

I honestly cannot understand why people still recommend Fux, to this day, some referring to him as “the source”. I plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint. This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Countterpoint. It’s more important to learn the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing.

An impressive list of nineteenth-century composers subscribed to its second edition, and in more recent times Paul Hindemith said, counterpoiht the craft of composition would really have fallen into decline if Fux’s?

Want to Read saving…. 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.

Although he makes a ckunterpoint 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 couterpoint in his cumbersome countterpoint and foreward.


Joseph Iand Charles VIboth of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. Being able to read music will also help you to hear the musical examples in the book by either playing them on an instrument or singing them yourself. Return to Book Page. This is one of the best sources on counterpoint. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating. Dec 10, Bruno rated it it was amazing Shelves: The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study book.

Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. Overview Fuz the Book.

Open Preview See a Problem? Second species also essentially follows the same rules as for two-part writing, however, as countefpoint just observed with hidden fifths, there are other rules which make three-part writing easier.

Johann Joseph Fux

Sometime during this period he must have made a trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time. First species counterplint three-part counterpoint essentially follows the same rules prescribed for two-part writing. For example, in three-part writing a leap between two notes of a fx may occasionally avoid consecutives, an option which is typically not available in two-part textures.

Even though it is very short, it’s one of those books that is best accompanied with a notebook and pencil, to work through the examples y This is probably THE book on Counterpoint.

InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of types: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow.

It is just a little bit intermediate for someone just starting out, but the exercises are invaluable.


Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it. I, myself, studied this book and then wrote a simple trio for Violin, Cello and Piano which during performance was taken for a Bach trio by those in attendance. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Before introducing this species Fux states that occasionally two eighth notes may be used on beats two and four of a bar.

Norton Company first published June It’s a short book and I’m going to read it again in the future. Dissonance generally occurs on beats two or four but can also occur on beat three bar 9.

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Bach’s personal library of theoretical works. Trivia About The Study of Coun An incredible book that has survived Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo. First species, or note against note counterpoint, requires one note for every given note in the cantus firmus. It’s nearly years old at this point, and many of the old masters studied from it.

Dec 15, Ella added it. Books by Johann Joseph Fux. Fux gives the following example. Here, in bars and the soprano and bass parts move by direct motion to perfect consonances; a move, which in two-part writing, would be forbidden. This article needs additional citations for verification.

However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood.