Misc. Notes, Title: Practical Rules for Learning Composition translated from a Work intitled Gradus ad Parnassum written originally in Latin by John Joseph Feux. 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. Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college.

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Johann Joseph Fux – Wikipedia

It may not be the best “total beginner” guide at least not for mebut it is fascinating to take a glimpse of 17th and 18th century music pedagogy, not to mention the perspective Fux gives through the dialogue of the student and teacher. History, Composers, and Performers: I don’t know what to think. Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book. Jul 19, Max Gibson rated it liked it. Return to Book Page.

Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Relatively little is known about his early life, but likely he went to nearby Graz for music lessons. Bach ‘s conception and reintegration of antico techniques.

This section is in a simple lecture style, and looks at music from a purely mathematical angle, in a theoretical tradition that goes back, through the works of Renaissance theoreticians, to the Ancient Greeks. An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies. By he was in Vienna, where he was organist at the Schottenkirche until From towhen he became chief Kapellmeister to the court, he was music director at the cathedral of St.


Fux frequently worked with theatrical engineer Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and poet and librettist Pietro Pariati. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This is a fantastic book, which clearly articulates an approach to Baroque Counterpoint.

Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux. No work of Palestrina or any other great master could have coungerpoint written following the rules laid out by Fux and the whole “learn rules to break them” mentality is countterpoint what would be the benefit of studying rules that do not help one realize what leads to independence of parts or good melodic lines?

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. You’ll either find the style charming or off-putting. Oh venerable master, you are my constant companion! Forkel of January 19, attests to J. There are many useful exercises and this is obviously a handbook to use as knowledge of counterpoint develops.

The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous as the origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one tux invent the idea. Bach knew the Latin original well and his personal copy has survived. 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.


The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method.

This is quite likely the best book I’ve read this year. Apr 21, Aaron Saylor rated it it was amazing.

Johann Joseph Fux

It is good both for educating yourself and for identifying the practices of the period in which it was written and how the practices were changing at that time.

Theorie und Kompositionspraxis’, in R. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The second part, on Musica Praticais the section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpoint, fugue, double counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on composing Sacred music, writing in the Style A Cappella and in the Recitativo Style. Fux, Johann Joseph b Hirtenfeld, nr.

Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux?

Maybe it is because of the reputation his work has unjustly received. Norton Company first published June Fractals and all that. Learn how and counterpointt to remove these template messages.

Facsimile of the Vienna edition. Fux dedicated it to Emperor Charles VI.

Telemannand others as a composer whose command of Italian style was combined with mathematical exactitude.