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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Read by Bach, Beethoven, among many others so-called ‘great composers’, this book lays the ground on which you will be able to appreciate and compose, with the proper dedication, music that uses this technique. 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 counterpoinh of consonant and dissonant notes, providing the following rules are adhered to: Good classic work for studying the theory of counterpoint.

Third species consists of four notes for every given note in the cantus firmus.

Johann Joseph Fux

By the s he was in Vienna counterloint, and attracted the attention of Emperor Leopold I with some masses he composed; the emperor was sufficiently impressed by them to assist him with his career after this point.

Consecutive fifths, octaves and unisons are still forbidden, however. But do consider this is a book of exercises and not necessarily a book on writing beautiful contrapuntal works. I chose to do the “quick” route and just play through the examples and glean general instruction on writing counterpoint but I agree with Fux that working through the species will take considerable time and be of the most benefit.

Oct 04, Daniel Lopez rated it it was amazing. It’s a short book and I’m going to read it again in the future. Cart Support Signed in as: May 14, Meri rated it it was ok.

Fux states that the composer should endeavour to use complete triads whenever possible but they may be incomplete for the sake of better melodic writing. Second species also essentially follows the same rules as for two-part writing, however, as we just observed with hidden fifths, there are other rules which make three-part writing easier. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. 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.


The Study of Counterpoint

Fux gives several examples of this species, many with counterpoint above and below the cantus firmus. Will probably come back to it soon. First species in three-part counterpoint essentially follows the same rules prescribed for two-part writing. It provides a strong grounding in the most important of all musical techniques: It’s nearly years old at this point, and many of the old masters studied from it.

It would be a great second book for someone wishing to learn theory.

Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and ciunterpoint species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against one. Fantastisch geschreven, in dialoogvorm tussen een ‘meester’ en een leerling, vertrekt dit boek van een cantus firmus zeg maar: From until he served as organist at St.

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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices. 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.

Apr 06, Rahul Prabhakar counterpoing it it was amazing.

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

This book on counterpoint is as much about philosophy as it is about voice-leading. Dec 15, Ella added it. As would be expected, first species in four parts essentially follows the rules prescribed for first species in two- and three-part writing, one notable point, however, is the relaxation of hidden fifths as the number of parts increases.

Of the five suspensions only one is bar 7the remaining four include two suspensions bars 2 and 11 and two suspensions bars 6 and 8. In the first part, Fux presents a summary of the theory on Musica Speculativa, or the analysis of intervals as proportions between numbers. In the following example.


Leaps can only be made between two harmony notes: It goes through Species for 1 voice, and proceeds with developments of up to 4 voices.

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This is quite likely the best book I’ve read this year. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you counterpoinf to read. I plan to work through examples as necessary as I do contrapuntal writing in my arrangements I mainly arrange hymns and have a counterpoin desire to arrange them contrapuntally.

Here, the hidden fifths between the top and bottom parts are less noticeable than in two-part writing because of the addition of the middle part, and the upper part moves by step. Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum The examples are not very melodic in nature but will teach you sound counterpoint writing.

In the following example, the dissonant second note 7 leaps to the third note, rather than moving by step.

Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or library! Bach held it counherpoint 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.

Fux recommends spending 3 years working out the various species before writing free compositions.

This book is great for learning counterpoint and the dialogue between the student and master is hilarious but also very informative. It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable!