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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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. An impressive list of nineteenth-century composers subscribed to its second edition, and in more recent times Paul Hindemith said, “Perhaps the craft of composition would really have fallen into decline if Fux’s?

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

Good classic work for studying the theory of counterpoint. As with two-part writing, fifth species in three parts combines all of the previous species and rules.

The second note of the counterpoint may be consonant fx 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. For example, in three-part writing a leap between two notes of a triad may occasionally avoid consecutives, an option which is typically not available in two-part textures.

As would be expected, first species in four parts essentially follows the rules prescribed for first species in two- and three-part writing, one counterppoint point, however, is the relaxation of hidden fifths as the number of parts increases.


Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or library! In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent. Oh venerable master, you are my constant companion! Forbidden consecutives are avoided by approaching perfect intervals by contrary motion counterppintand while the overuse of counterponit same successive imperfect intervals is avoided by limiting their use to two bars at a time barsand All rules which have been introduced for writing first and second species counterpoint also apply for third species: It can either be used as a study or as a reference guide; there are many exercises throughout that the reader can have a go at.

This part is in the form of a dialog, between a master Aloysius, Latin for Luigi, who is meant to represent Palestrina’s ideas and a student, Josephus, who represents Fux himself, a self-admitted admirer of Palestrina. The second part, on Musica Pratica, is the section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpointfuguedouble counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on composing sacred musicwriting in the a cappella and in the recitativo style.

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. Fux gives several examples of this species, many with counterpoint above and below the cantus firmus http: Mar 01, Daniel Michalak rated it did not like it.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method. The only people who should take interest in founterpoint book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy.


Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. In the following example. Jun 07, Jason Mills rated it it was amazing. Overview Inside the Book. An incredible book that has survived the test of time. Definitely worth a look th Reading this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted!

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In my opinion, a skeletal understanding of the way multiple lines of music work together and independently of one another is a little window into this whole crazy world of ours and how it works. The humble student does get annoying after a while, but he and his teacher really teach you the steps to Parnassus. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book. Consecutive fifths, octaves and unisons are still forbidden, however. Third species consists of four notes for every given note in the cantus firmus.

And had me lost a huge percentage of the time. It is very much a direct expression of the same questions a beginner of counterpoint would expect to ask and it makes for easier reading.