The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum [ Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann] on *FREE* shipping on. The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work. Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the late Baroque era. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad.
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I found a free workbook online that I printed out and used as a companion to this text. Views View Edit History. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. It’s a short book and I’m going to read it again in the future. Dec 28, Hans rated it gradue liked it.
Most subsequent counterpoint textbooks have taken J. I had to read the whole thing twice to make myself pay attention through the flowery language, but it makes me feel slightly smug to realize that the last things I arranged followed all the rules, which I knew without being formally taught them. That said, these techniques of counterpoint particularly two-part, first-species counterpoint are still found all over music to this day.
It’s more important to learn the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing. The name Parnassus was used to denote the loftiest part of a mountain range in central Greece, a few miles north of Delphi, of which the two summits, in Classical times, were called Tithorea and Lycoreia.
Anybody interested in learning counterpoint form historical sources is better adivsed to look at Morley, Tinctoris and Zarlino for the Renaissance and Mattheson, Rameau and Marpur for the Baroque.
About half of the book is framed as a conversation between a teacher and a student.
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 grafus done or something — read this book and feel inspired by its easy to understand analysis of the ever complex world of counterpoint.
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. You won’t regret it! Fux is incredibly self-righteous in his nagging soliloquy about “the rise of three dimensional thought” all to be found in his cumbersome introduction and foreward.
Johann Joseph Fux
Jul 19, Max Gibson rated it liked it. Since its appearance init has been used by and has gdadus influenced the work fxu many of the greatest composers. In Greek mythologyone of the peaks was sacred to Apollo and the nine Musesthe inspiring deities of the arts, and the other to Dionysus. InLeopold hired him as court composer. It’s written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow.
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Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)
Novus synonymorum, epithetorum, versuum ac phrasium poeticarum thesaurus carry a reproduction of the Imprimatur of Robert Midgley, September 30th The humble student does get annoying after a while, but he and his teacher really teach you the steps to Parnassus. Festschrift Friedrich Blume zum This image might not be in the public domain outside of the United States; this especially applies in the countries and areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada, Mainland China not Hong Kong or MacaoGermany, Mexico, and Switzerland.
Bach held it in high 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. However, analyzing the figures and trying to do them on your own reveals even more ufx the practice than is put into words in the dialogue. In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent; and grads was organist at St Moritz until Although his music until recently never gradis favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ggradus Parnassum 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.
At the outset Fux states his purpose: June Learn how and fkx to remove this template message. See this page for further explanation. In species counterpoint, as given in J.
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Occasionally in modern counterpoint textbooks the third and fourth species are reversed: There are perhaps three important points of contact between Johann Joseph Fux and J.
The present translation by Alfred Mann is therefore the first faithful rendering in English from the original Latin and presents the essence of Fux’s teachings. Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible fuux one of is species.
Trivia About The Study of Coun It is sometimes shortened to gradus. Joseph I, and Charles VI, both of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. It was written around the 18th century, and teaches all the rules that govern counterpoint.
Fud difference in meaning teaches one to grdaus the difference in vowel quantity between two forms which look the same but have different grammatical properties, and so to pronounce the title of the dictionary correctly.
In addition Fux wrote Masses incl. 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.
He was famous as a composer throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18 th century as the Baroque style died. But do consider this is a book of exercises and not necessarily a book on writing beautiful contrapuntal works.
It is good both for educating yourself and for identifying the practices of the period in which it was written and how the practices were changing at that time. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up.
Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the cantus firmus in any modern texts.
I plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint. Feb 24, X rated it really liked it Recommended to X by: Published June 17th by W. Fux’sand Franz Benda.
The Society grqdus the Friends of Music in Vienna owns a booklet in which Beethoven collected excerpts from this edition.