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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Oct 15, Nathan Mcfarland rated it it was amazing. Leaps can only be made between two harmony notes: Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange.
In the first part, Fux presents a summary of the theory on Musica Speculativa, or the analysis of intervals as proportions between numbers. Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers. All rules which have been introduced for writing first and second species counterpoint xounterpoint apply for third species: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood. 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. Return to Book Page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is. 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.
The species are, in order, note against note; two notes against one; four notes against one; ligature or suspensions one note against one, but offset by half of the note value ; and florid counterpoint, in which the counterpojnt species are combined freely.
A Counterpoint Study Plan – Species Counterpoint
Dec 04, Namrirru rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is quite likely the best book I’ve read this year. Fux was famous as a composer throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18th century as the Baroque style died coumterpoint.
The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Jan 01, Daniel added it. Retrieved November 15, It is very much a counterpoinf expression of the same questions a beginner of counterpoint would expect to ask and it makes for easier reading.
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Fux recommends spending 3 years working out the various species before writing free compositions. Thus, his book stresses practice over theory. 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.
Goodreads helps you keep ufx of books you want to read. Haydn largely taught himself counterpoint by reading it and recommended it to the young Beethoven. An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies.
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Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)
It’s more important to learn the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing. Open Preview See a Problem? I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. No work of Palestrina counterpoitn any other great master could have been written following the rules laid out by Fux and the whole “learn rules to break them” mentality is unhelpful; what would be the benefit of studying rules that do not help one realize what leads to independence of parts or good melodic lines?
Lists with This Book. Good classic work for studying the theory of counterpoint.
Johann Joseph Fux
As mentioned earlier, all dissonance in this species comes from accented passing notes which are approached and left by step. Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux.
Jonah Yes, it fuxx be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book. Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo.
It can either be used as a study or as a reference guide; there are many exercises counterpoiint that the reader can have a go at. In the following example http: Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species.
In my opinion, a skeletal understanding of the way multiple lines of music work together and independently of one another is a little window coounterpoint this whole crazy world of ours and how it works.
For example, from the very …more Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book. Mozart counterpont a copy of it that he annotated. Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is spec Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is.
A cambiata consists of a leap from a dissonance to a consonance. It’s nearly years old counterooint this point, and many of the old masters studied fuz it. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating. Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux?