Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum: Johann Fux, Alfred Mann: Books – 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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The second note of the counterpoint may be consonant bars 1, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 or dissonant bars 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 with the corresponding note in the cantus firmus. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. October Learn how and when to remove this template message.

It must be remembered that the previous examples, and the xounterpoint governing them, may be written using smaller note values. There are many useful exercises and this is obviously a handbook to use as knowledge of counterpoint develops.

Want to Read saving…. The dialogue between the student and master made the book much more approachable than if it had been written like a dry textbook, and the old fashioned language was very nice.

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

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. Johann Joseph Fux German: Countrpoint ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up.

Counterppoint, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species. Fux strongly feels that “modern music” has lost its sense of value and purpose with its incessant need to improvise, and he feels that we have lost touch with what is true.

I was required to buy this book for my AP music theory class even though counterpoint is not a significant part of the curriculum, but it has expanded my knowledge of music immensely and could not be happier with it. The second part, on Musica Pratica, is the section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpointfuguecounterpoiint counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on vounterpoint sacred musicwriting in the a cappella and in the recitativo style.


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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. May 16, Zack Macomber rated it really liked it.

Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux? Dec 04, Namrirru rated it it was amazing Shelves: Translated from latin to contemporary english.

I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. It provides a strong grounding in the most important of all musical techniques: 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.

The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study book. By signing up you agree to W. Read by Bach, Beethoven, among many others so-called ‘great composers’, this book lays the ground on which you will be able to appreciate and compose, with the proper dedication, music that uses this technique.

Fux fails to teach the style which he supposes to have set out to teach, as he gets plenty wrong. 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.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

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. The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section. As in this example, the penultimate note does not need a tie. Of the five suspensions only one is bar 7the remaining four include two suspensions bars 2 and 11 and two suspensions counterpoin 6 and 8.


See 1 question about The Study of Counterpoint…. Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. 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 counherpoint it into an abstract for ready reference.

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

This article has multiple issues. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method. 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. Fractals and all that.

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Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux. Before introducing this species Fux states that occasionally two eighth notes may be used on beats two and four of a bar.

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. Third Species again follows the rules prescribed for two-part writing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo.