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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Johann Joseph Fux

A s Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux? Taking the reader step-by-step through the processes involved. 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. Modern counterpoint education is greatly indebted to Gradus ad Parnassum as the codex of the five species [ citation needed ].

The examples are not very melodic in nature but will teach you sound counterpoint writing. As mentioned earlier, all dissonance in this species comes from accented passing notes which are approached and left by step. 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. 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.

Oct 15, Nathan Mcfarland rated it it was amazing. Upper voice suspensions in fuxx parts consist of the and suspensions; and are not as common in two-part counterpoint, while lower voice suspensions consist of the Fux also lists and but these are less common, especially in tonal music. Being able to read music will also help you cuonterpoint hear the musical examples in the book by either playing them on an instrument or singing them yourself.


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Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method. Joseph Iand Charles VIboth of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. I honestly cannot understand why people still recommend Fux, to this day, some referring to him as “the source”. Aug 07, Chairman Meow added it.

Out of all the books in dialogue format, this is a pretty entertaining one. Fifth species is a combination of species one to four and is called florid counterpoint. Refresh and try again. 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.

Nice and short, really; of course it is. Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange. In species counterpoint, as given in Fux, the student is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next. It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable!

See 1 question about The Study of Counterpoint…. Fantastisch geschreven, in dialoogvorm tussen een ‘meester’ en een leerling, vertrekt dit boek van een cantus firmus zeg maar: Did Fux or Mann write anything else?

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Will probably come back to it soon. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. Consecutive fifths, octaves and unisons are still forbidden, however. As a combination of all previous species and rules, fifth species counterpoint requires the composer to create effective melodies while correctly handling dissonance and avoiding forbidden consecutives. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


Here, in bars and the soprano and bass parts move by direct conuterpoint to perfect consonances; a move, which in two-part writing, would be forbidden. Mar 01, Daniel Michalak rated it did not like it. Some valuable information and insight.

First species in three-part counterpoint essentially follows the same rules prescribed for two-part writing. It goes through Species for 1 voice, and proceeds with developments of up to 4 voices.

Dec 24, Dimitris rated it it was amazing. Even though it is very short, it’s one of those books that is best accompanied with a notebook and pencil, to work through the examples yourself. This is a fantastic book, which clearly articulates an approach to Baroque Counterpoint. Jul 19, Max Gibson rated it liked it. 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. Retrieved November 15, The books says enough for itself I don’t know what to think.

Jan 31, Britt rated it really liked it. 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. Want to Read saving…. Because it might be funny. Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are of great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species.