From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Johann Joseph Fux The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work?Gradus ad . 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 Description. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work Gradus ad Parnassum. Since its appearance in , it has been used by.

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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. I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included.

An incredible book that has survived the test of time. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section.

Dec 28, Hans rated it really liked it. 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. Cart Support Signed in as: The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study johsnn. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the add and Fux’s method. This is probably THE book on Counterpoint.

Fux’s mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Views Read Edit View history. The format gets old fast, but the information and concise nature of the text was pretty useful as reference for the kinds of assignments we were working on. Mattheson ‘s favourable account of his choral writing and his chamber duet style.

He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassuma treatise on counterpoint, which has become the single most influential book on the Palestrina style of Renaissance polyphony. Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the gradue firmus in any modern texts.


Bach ‘s preoccupation with stile antico counterpoint in his late works, but not as a primer of strict counterpoint: About half of the book is framed as a conversation between a teacher and a student.

This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this boo This book is great for learning counterpoint and the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative.

Will probably come back to it soon. Missa canonicaPsalms, Requiems, and instrumental works. 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.

Jul 29, John rated it liked it. Occasionally in modern counterpoint textbooks the third and fourth species are reversed: Fux’s work repeated some of Diruta’s, possibly coincidentally, since he is not known to have had a copy.

I chose to do the “quick” route and just play through the examples and glean general instruction on writing counterpoint but I agree with Fux that working through the species will take considerable time and be of the most benefit. By the ‘s J. Heel helder en structureel verwoord, ffux het duidelijk waarom dit boek reeds zolang en bij zovele componisten hoog staat aangeschreven.

Fux’s eighteen operas, Elisa Vienna and Costanza e Fortezza Prague are the more well known. Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is.

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Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating. The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum.

This is a fantastic book, which clearly articulates an approach to Baroque Counterpoint. Still I learned an insane amount about a very cool subject. The examples are not very melodic in nature but will teach you sound counterpoint writing.


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The only people who should take interest in this book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy. It’s nearly years old at this point, and many of the old masters studied from graeus. The second part, on Musica Praticais the section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpoint, fugue, double counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on composing Sacred music, writing in the Style A Cappella and in the Recitativo Johsnn.

There are many useful exercises and this is obviously a handbook to use as knowledge of counterpoint develops.

It’s a short book and I’m going to read it again in the future. Fux was born to a peasant family in HirtenfeldStyriaAustria. This article needs additional citations for verification. In species counterpoint, as given in J.

Appreciated the good explanations 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 complicated types of counterpoint.

This section is in a simple lecture style, and looks at music from a purely mathematical angle, in a theoretical tradition that goes josep, through the works of Renaissance theoreticians, to the Ancient Greeks. Loved the dialog between teacher and pupil. I believe JJ Fux’s treatise on counterpoint is essential to any pupil wishing to learn the craft of tonal composition.

Bach ‘s compositional technique as the locus classicus of fugal counterpoint: 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.