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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I understand why he would recommend that as this book requires time and practice to work out. An independent excerpt from Fux’s cojnterpoint ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies. For example, from the very …more Yes, it would be fuc helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book. Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint. Reading this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted!

This is a counerpoint study for composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others. Second species, requires two notes for every given note in the cantus firmus; the second note may be a dissonant passing note.

Even if you’re not a musician — like, if you’re maybe a counterrpoint 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.

Maybe it is because of the reputation his work has unjustly received. Jul 24, Niek Lucassen rated it liked it. Fux frequently worked with theatrical engineer Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and poet and librettist Pietro Pariati. Coujterpoint 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. Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo.

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This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The second note of the counterpoint may be consonant bars 1, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 or dissonant bars 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 with the corresponding note in the cantus firmus.

This book is great for learning counterpoint and the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative.

At the outset, Fux states his purpose: 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 counterpoibt. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one to invent the idea.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

It lays a very solid foundation for writing like Bach in the future. With an extra part, however, comes the necessity to construct parts which satisfy the harmonic and melodic aspect while avoiding forbidden consecutives. 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.

Johann Joseph Fux German: 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.


Some valuable information and insight. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassuma treatise on counterpointwhich has become the single most influential book on the Palestrinian style of Renaissance polyphony. Oct 04, Daniel Lopez rated it it was amazing.

Jun 07, Jason Mills rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. By signing up you agree to W. Mozart had a copy of it that he annotated. Joseph Iand Charles VIboth of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. Jan 31, Britt rated it really liked it. The suspensions must be prepared correctly, as a consonant on the second note of the bar, they then form the suspension on the first note of the bar, which is dissonant, before resolving downwards to the following second note, which is consonant.

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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 yourself. It was written around the 18th century, and teaches all the rules that govern counterpoint. Did Fux or Mann write anything else? Norton Company first published June You must be logged in to post a comment.

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?