From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Johann Joseph Fux The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s great theoretical work?Gradus ad . From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. The Study of. Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux’s. The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux’s. Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassum, a treatise on.

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Bach ‘s pupil Lorenz Christoph Mizler. Return to Book Page.

Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it. About half parnassuk the book is framed as a parnaxsum between a teacher and a student.

Bach ‘s preoccupation with stile antico counterpoint in his late works, but not as a primer of strict counterpoint: I had to read everything about 3 times to get a handle on it. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Fux became deputy Hofkapellmeister and Hofkapellmeister to the Habsburg court in Vienna. Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book.

Most subsequent counterpoint textbooks have taken J.

London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. See 1 question about The Study of Counterpoint…. Although his music never regained favour, J. Dover, Graeus Joseph Fux: Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

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. However, analyzing the figures and trying to do them on your own reveals even more about the practice than is put into words in the dialogue. Fux fails to teach the style which he supposes to have set out to teach, as he gets plenty wrong.


This is a wonderful study for composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others. Geburtstag Kassel, pp. Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species.

Johann Joseph Fux

Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or panrassum Dec 15, Ella added it. 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.

Out of all the parnqssum in dialogue format, this is a pretty entertaining one. It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable!

It is clear that Fux belonged to this distinguished gathering not as a theorist but as a composer, especially given J. Anybody interested in learning counterpoint form historical sources is better adivsed to look at Morley, Josseph and Zarlino for the Renaissance and Mattheson, Rameau and Marpur for the Baroque. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method. This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this boo This book is great for learning counterpoint hradus the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Fux dedicated it to Emperor Charles VI.

Jul 29, John rated it liked it. This usage deserves to be distinguished from the long afterlife which Fux’s Gradus enjoyed both as a composition manual and as the source of various treatises based more or less directly upon it. I honestly cannot understand why people still recommend Fux, to this day, some referring to him fradus “the source”.

Johann Joseph Fux (Composer, Music Theorist) – Short Biography

I found a free workbook online that I printed out and used as a companion to this text. Mar 01, Daniel Michalak rated it did not like it. I plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint. The Baroque age in music in Austria ends with him. He looks to Palestrina late Renaissance polyphony composer as the perfection in tonal harmony. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mattheson ‘s favourable account of his choral writing and his chamber duet style.

The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study book. Views Read Edit View history. 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.