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 Gradus ad Parnassum. The Study of. Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux’s. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s. Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassum, a treatise on.

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Joseph I, and Charles VI, both of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court.

Mozart had a copy of it that he annotated. The words of Mersenne, Cicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is.

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

From until he served as organist at St. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work? That said, these techniques of counterpoint particularly two-part, first-species counterpoint are still found all over music parnssum this day. Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices.


It may not be the best “total beginner” guide at least not for mebut it is fascinating to take a glimpse of 17th and 18th century music pedagogy, not to mention the perspective Fux gives through the dialogue of the student and teacher.

I was required to buy this book for my AP music theory class even though counterpoint is not a significant part of the psrnassum, but it has expanded my knowledge of music immensely and could not be happier with it. Oh venerable master, parnxssum are my constant companion! Fux frequently worked with theatrical engineer Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and poet and librettist Pietro Pariati.

This is a fantastic book, which clearly gradis an approach to Baroque Counterpoint. 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.

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 plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint. Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum Forkel of January 19, attests to J. And had me lost a huge percentage of the time. Geburtstag Kassel, pp. Jan 15, Walt Burge rated it it was amazing. Johann Joseph Fux German: It is divided in two major parts.


However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood. Read by Bach, Beethoven, among many others so-called ‘great composers’, this book lays the ground on which you will be able to appreciate and compose, with the proper dedication, music that uses this technique. This is a wonderful study for composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others.

This is quite likely the best book I’ve read this year. Modern counterpoint education is greatly indebted to Gradus ad Parnassum as the codex of the five species [ citation needed ]. 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 complicat Masterpiece!

Some valuable information and insight. Jun 07, Jason Mills rated it it was amazing. Fux recommends spending 3 years working out the various species before writing free compositions.

It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable! Refresh and try again. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Fantastisch geschreven, in dialoogvorm tussen een ‘meester’ en een leerling, vertrekt dit boek van een cantus firmus zeg maar: InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of types: Most subsequent counterpoint textbooks have taken J.

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Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

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. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to Fux josepb incredibly self-righteous in his nagging soliloquy about “the parassum of three dimensional thought” all to be found in his cumbersome introduction and foreward.

Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux.