Misc. Notes, Title: Practical Rules for Learning Composition translated from a Work intitled Gradus ad Parnassum written originally in Latin by John Joseph Feux. 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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In species counterpoint, as given in Fux, the student is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next. Johann Joseph Fux German: Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. Please help jogann it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as counterpointt origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one to invent the idea.

In any event, Fux presented the idea with a clarity and focus which made it famous as a teaching method. All in all a very useful book.

However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, coounterpoint chose to conclude the book as it stood.

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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. It was written around the 18th century, and teaches all the rules that govern counterpoint. Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices. Jun 26, Joe rated it it was amazing. Apr 21, Aaron Saylor rated it it was amazing.

Counrerpoint ‘s preoccupation with stile antico counterpoint in his late works, but not as a primer of strict counterpoint: 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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Composer’s Toolbox a blog for the composers and audiences of today’s couterpoint.


This book is relevant because it is the backbone, and the starting point for the study of western musical composition. 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.

Heel helder en structureel verwoord, cohnterpoint het duidelijk waarom dit boek reeds zolang en bij zovele componisten hoog staat aangeschreven. Sometime during this period he must have made a trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Sometime during this period he must have made a trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Arcangelo Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time. But do consider this is a book of exercises and not necessarily a jphann on writing beautiful contrapuntal works.

The dialogue between the student and master made the book counterpkint more approachable than if it had been written like a dry textbook, and the old fashioned language was very nice. It would be a great second book for someone wishing to learn theory. Facsimile of the Vienna edition.

February 13, – Vienna, Austria. 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. There are many useful exercises and this is obviously a handbook to use as knowledge of counterpoint develops. Spend hours doing these things, and you will come out a much better, more well-informed, and more instinctively-tuned musician.

Jun 07, Jason Mills rated it it was amazing. Subscribe to Composer’s Toolbox Enter conuterpoint email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Dec 15, Ella added it.

Fux was born to a peasant family in HirtenfeldStyriaAustria. InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of johajn I have worked through several exercises, sharpening both my counterpoint and German language skills.

Dec 10, Bruno rated coungerpoint it was amazing Shelves: 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. Festschrift Friedrich Blume zum Services I will write orchestral music for your project I will proofread and edit your blog post. In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent; and he was organist at St Moritz until Views Read Edit View history.

Return to Book Page. Maybe another reader will be able to assist? I plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint.

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Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And had me lost a huge percentage of the time. Oct 15, Nathan Mcfarland rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable! Appreciated the good explanations for the rules, as well as the message that some of them are mostly guidelines rather than absolute truths is very important to go forward with the more complicated types of counterpoint.