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. 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 from Joseph Fux’s. Gradus Ad Parnassum. Translated & Edited by Alfred Mann. Compliments of The Reel Score lscore.

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Haydn largely taught himself counterpoint by reading it and recommended it to the young L. Sometime during this period he must have made a trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Arcangelo Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time.

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. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The same cantus firmus is used in every example. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Your “writing” will sound and play so much better if you “get the notes in the right places ” and this is what counterpoint is about.

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The Study of Counterpoint

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.

Pages with related products. Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. There are perhaps three important points of contact between Johann Joseph Fux and J. It contains everything you need to know about modal counterpoint and is completely comprehensive and easy to follow, as long as you do the exercises.


Dec 15, Ella added it. This section is in a simple lecture style, and looks at music from a purely mathematical angle, in a theoretical tradition that goes back, through the works of Renaissance theoreticians, to the Ancient Greeks. Furthermore, Mann’s “The Study of Counterpoint” is almost like a story of the master Aloysius who is getting too old to teach, and looking for a worthy pupil to carry the torch.

An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies. And ocunterpoint me lost a huge percentage of the time. Loved the dialog between teacher and pupil.

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The only people who should take interest in this book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term “species counterpoint,” Fux was not the first one to invent the idea. Josepg Print copy Sonate a 4.

Most subsequent counterpoint fuz have taken J. You’ll either find the style charming or off-putting. Retrieved from ” https: The book is short. Fundamentals of Musical Composition.

There’s that grasshopper, sensei thing going on, but josepy information is simple, but takes along time to master. Bach knew the Latin original well and his personal copy has survived.

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Highly recommended if you are looking for something to start or further your study of counterpoint. Ships from and sold by Amazon. For example, from the very beginning the author assumes you know how to read musical clefs, the notation of pitch and rhythm, and understand the concept of pitch intervals. He came to represent the definitive and final forms of the Austro-Italian Baroque in music.

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”. Originally written in Latin,?


The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work Gradus ad Parnassum. The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. By signing up you agree to W. From until he served as organist at St.

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

Want to Read saving…. For its distinction as a classic and its undiminished usefulness for the modern student it is a privilege to offer this fine translation in the Norton Library. Gradus ad Parnassum essentially codifies the process of counterpoint. Bach held it in counterpoinh esteem, Leopold Mozart trained his famous son from its pages, Haydn worked out every lesson with meticulous care, and Beethoven condensed it into an abstract for ready reference.

After reading through this book, I think it would be suitable counterpointt students of all levels. Relatively little is known about his early life, but likely he went to nearby Graz for music lessons.

Telemannand others as a composer whose command of Italian style was combined with mathematical exactitude. Trivia About The Study of Coun It is very much a direct expression of the same questions a beginner of counterpoint would expect to ask and it makes for easier reading.

I don’t know what to think. Although his music never regained jospeh, J.

Bach ‘s compositional technique as the locus classicus of fugal counterpoint: Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Maybe it is because of the reputation his work has unjustly received. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Heel helder en structureel verwoord, is het duidelijk waarom dit boek reeds zolang en bij zovele componisten hoog staat aangeschreven.