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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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That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Aug 07, Chairman Meow added it. Fux’s eighteen operas, Elisa Vienna and Costanza e Fortezza Prague are the more well known. Being able to read music will also help you to hear the musical examples in the book by either playing them on an instrument or singing them yourself. Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers.

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It would be a great second book for someone wishing to learn theory. Mar 01, Daniel Michalak rated it did not like it.

About Johann Joseph Fux. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Some valuable information and insight. Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Sign up using Email and Password. It is divided in two major parts.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

Out of all the books in dialogue format, this is a pretty entertaining one. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating.


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

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The humble student does get annoying after a while, but he gtadus his teacher really teach you the steps to Parnassus. Joseph I, and Charles VI, both of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. 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.

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The Gradus ad Parnassum made famous under the name of Jesuit Paul Aler —[2] a schoolmaster, published inpresented anew an earlier Thesaurus attributed to Grsdus Joulet, sieur de Chastillon — Views Read Edit View history. Books by Johann Joseph Fux. It is sometimes shortened to gradus.

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After reading a bit more I noticed that the text mentions switching to the tenor. This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this boo This book is great for learning counterpoint and the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative.

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. Bach ‘s preference for actual music in the teaching of composition as against ‘the dry species of counterpoint that are given in Fux and others’, but the same letter places Fux at the head of those contemporary composers whom J.


Published June 17th by W. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassuma treatise on counterpointwhich has become the single most influential book on the Palestrinian style of Renaissance polyphony. Fux was in Vienna, and 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.

Haydn largely taught himself counterpoint by reading it and recommended it to the young L. Mozart had a copy of it that he annotated. Bach ‘s pupil Lorenz Christoph Mizler.

In fact he completely misses the style of Palestrina and teaches a mix of baroque and misunderstood renaissance polyphony. Fux was famous as a composer throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18th century as the Baroque style died out.

London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one to invent the idea. Public domain Public domain false false.

See 1 question about The Study of Counterpoint…. The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section.