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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May 06, Joel rated it it was amazing. Third species consists of countrpoint notes for every given note in the cantus firmus. As in this example, the penultimate note does not need a tie. This section is in a simple lecture style, and looks at music from a purely mathematical angle, in a theoretical tradition that goes back, through the works of Renaissance theoreticians, to the Ancient Greeks.

Retrieved November 15, Fourth species like second species, requires two notes for every given note in the cantus firmus. The only people who should take interest in this book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy. This was a text for my Theory I class back in the day.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work? Here, in bars and the soprano and bass parts move by direct motion to perfect consonances; a move, which in two-part writing, would be forbidden. Even though it is very short, it’s conuterpoint of those books that is best accompanied with a notebook and pencil, to work through the examples y This is probably THE book on Counterpoint.


Fux states that the first note of each bar must be consonant with the given note of the cantus firmus while the three remaining notes can be a mixture of consonant and dissonant notes, providing the following rules are adhered to: The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study book.

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This counterppoint has multiple issues. I believe JJ Fux’s treatise on counterpoint is essential to any pupil wishing to learn the craft of tonal composition. Jun 26, Joe rated it it was amazing.

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.

By signing up you agree to W. Bach’s personal library of theoretical works. Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices. Refresh and try again. This page was last edited on 16 Ccounterpointat Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the cantus firmus in any modern texts.

It must be remembered that the previous examples, and the rules governing them, may be written using smaller note values. It is good both for educating yourself and for identifying the practices of the period in which it was written and how the practices counteerpoint changing at that time.

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Johann Joseph Fux

Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species. Fux recommends spending 3 years working out counteproint various species before writing free compositions.

As all of the remaining species in four parts essentially follow the rules already given for fewer coounterpoint, examples will be given for each species.

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.


Still I learned an insane amount about a very cool subject. Bach held it in high esteem, Leopold Mozart trained his famous son from its pages, Counterpont worked out every lesson with meticulous care, and Beethoven condensed it into an abstract for ready reference. Fux gives several examples of this species, many with counterpoint above and below the cantus firmus http: Dec 12, Acer Pseudoplantatus rated it did not like it Shelves: In the following example. In the following example, the dissonant second note 7 leaps to the third note, rather than moving by step.

InLeopold hired him as court composer. 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.

Oh venerable master, you are my constant companion! Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Countegpoint 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. Mar 01, Daniel Michalak rated it did not like it. Dec 04, Namrirru rated it it was amazing Shelves: Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use.

It lays a very solid foundation for writing like Bach in the future. Feb 12, Stephen Ian Savage rated it it was amazing.