The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum [ Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann] on *FREE* shipping on. 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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Oct 04, Daniel Lopez rated it it was amazing. In this way, the note values of the lower counterpoint in the above example could be halved. 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.

Also, the ending is chilling and caught me by surprise It is very much a direct expression of the same questions a beginner of counterpoint would fuxx to ask and it makes for easier reading. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 26, Joe rated it it was amazing.

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.

I plan to work through examples as necessary as I do contrapuntal writing in my arrangements I mainly arrange hymns and have a strong desire to arrange them contrapuntally. It goes through Species for 1 voice, and proceeds with developments of up to 4 voices.


By the s he was in Viennaand attracted the attention of Emperor Leopold I with some masses he composed; the emperor was sufficiently impressed by them to assist him with his career after this point.

Nice and short, really; of course it is. As with the other species, Fux includes various examples of fourth species in three-part writing, the Lydian example is shown below. All in all a very useful book. About Johann Joseph Fux.

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That said, these techniques of counterpoint particularly two-part, first-species counterpoint are still found all over music to this day. Bach’s personal library of counterrpoint works. I understand why he would recommend that as this book requires time and practice to counterponit out. As would be expected, first species in four parts essentially follows the rules prescribed for first species in two- and three-part writing, one notable point, however, is the relaxation of hidden fifths as the number of parts increases.

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

Fantastisch geschreven, in dialoogvorm tussen een ‘meester’ en een leerling, vertrekt dit boek van een cantus ffux zeg maar: Apr 21, Aaron Saylor rated it it was amazing. Dissonance is introduced in the form of suspensions which occur on the first note of the bar. Fux served Leopold I fuz his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Published June 17th by W.

Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and fourth species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against one. Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up.

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Bars 7 and 8 of the following is an example couunterpoint this. This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Fux gives the following example. However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood.

Jul 19, Max Gibson rated it liked it. Want to Read saving…. Fux also notes that the suspensions may be decorated in the following ways. The dialogue between the student and master made the book much more fx than if it had been written like a dry textbook, and the old fashioned language was very nice.

Mar 13, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Heel helder en structureel verwoord, is het duidelijk waarom dit boek reeds zolang en bij zovele componisten hoog staat aangeschreven.

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.

Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book.