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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Fourth species like second species, requires two notes for every given note in the cantus firmus. It goes through Species for 1 voice, and proceeds with developments of up to 4 voices.

Seems “outdated” as well, I never hear of the cantus firmus in any modern texts. Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book.

A Counterpoint Study Plan – Species Counterpoint

The second note of the counterpoint may be consonant bars 1, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 or dissonant bars 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 with the corresponding note in the cantus firmus. In this way, the note values of the lower counterpoint in the above example could be halved http: 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.

InLeopold hired him as court composer. This example also uses a cambiata bar counferpoint, lower part.


Consecutive fifths, octaves and unisons are still forbidden, however. Aug 07, Chairman Meow added it. That said, these techniques of counterpoint particularly two-part, first-species counterpoint are still found all over music to this day.

Johann Joseph Fux

InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of fud In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent. In the counterpointt counterpoint of the above example, all dissonance is either approached and left by step as passing notes or is prepared as a suspension and resolved correctly.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. 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.

Johann Joseph Fux – Wikipedia

Fux’s work repeated some of Diruta’s, possibly coincidentally, since he is not known to have had a copy. Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange. It’s more important to fud the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing. An independent excerpt from Fux’s ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ intended to assist the novice in contrapuntal studies.

It must be remembered that the previous examples, and the rules governing them, may be written using smaller note values. Sometime during this period he must have made countetpoint trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time.

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The Study of Counterpoint

Trivia About The Study of Coun Fux’s study on species counterpoint has set the standard for centuries on tonal music; in fact, this is the same text that Beethoven used. This is one of the best sources on counterpoint.


I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. It can either be used as a study or as a reference guide; there are many exercises throughout that the reader can have a go at.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Although his music until recently never regained favor, his countedpoint of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum Fux gives the following example. Dec 10, Bruno rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fux gives several examples of this species, many with counterpoint above and below the cantus firmus http: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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.

Oct 15, Nathan Mcfarland rated it it was amazing. 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.

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