The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum [ Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann] on *FREE* shipping on. 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 . 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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In fact he completely misses the style of Palestrina and teaches a mix of baroque and misunderstood renaissance polyphony.

This was a text for my Theory I class back in the day. The only people who should take interest in this book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy.

Feb 24, X rated it really liked it Recommended to X by: Fux, the student is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next.

InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Josepwhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of types: Bach ‘s pupil Lorenz Christoph Mizler.

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This book will show you how to do this from the ground up, from the simple to the more complex and does it in a clearly illustrated parnaxsum wayone of the best on the subject. Whether involved in writing jazz or classical musicyou need to understand counterpoint and your music will show it.


May 14, Meri rated it it was ok. Festschrift Friedrich Blume zum In species counterpoint, parnsssum given in Fux, the student is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next. Occasionally in modern counterpoint textbooks the third and fourth species are reversed: The format gets old fast, but the information and concise nature of the text was pretty useful as reference for the kinds of assignments johanh were working on.

Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices.

Johann Joseph Fux (Composer, Music Theorist) – Short Biography

All in all a very useful book. In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent; and he was organist at St Moritz until Marpurg’s Abhandlung von der Fuge advanced J. 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.

That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

Johann Joseph Fux

Taking the reader step-by-step through the processes involved. Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum 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. Whether involved in writing jazz or classical musicyou need to understand counterpoint and your music will show it.


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

Did Fux or Mann write anything else?

Oxford Composer Companion J. The Baroque age in music in Austria ends with him. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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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. Mostrando de 1 opiniones. Published June 17th by W.

Fux had the heart of a teacher unlike the pedantic Piston. The present translation by Alfred Mann is joann the first faithful rendering in English from the original Latin and presents the essence of Fux’s teachings.

A magnificent book use as THE reference for composing by the giants of composers in classical music in Europe.