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. 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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Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and fourth species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against one.

Although his music never regained favour, J. That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

By studying the relationship between consonance and dissonance in both horizontal and vertical directions, you will grow as a composer in joann understanding of the basic units of western music. This was a text for my Theory I class back in the day. 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.


Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or library! Once all the species are mastered counterloint two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then in four voices.

It is divided in two major parts. Geburtstag Kassel, pp. It’s written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow.

Play them on a piano. Loved the dialog between teacher and pupil. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. Fux’s mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum Doing this gave me an deep understanding of the text and Fux’s method.

Even if you’re not a musician — like, if you’re maybe a painter or a movie-maker or just a person trying to get some stuff done or something — read this book and feel inspired by its easy to understand analysis of the ever complex world of counterpoint.

Festschrift Friedrich Blume zum I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included.

The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s “Gradus Ad Parnassum” – Composer’s Toolbox

Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is. Therefore, I would encourage anyone to start here if they want to learn composition. In species counterpoint, as given in Fux, the student is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next. Jul 29, John rated it liked it.


This book shows the basis for classical composition, as this book was used in the instruction of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Retrieved from ” https: All in all a very useful book.

Gradus ad Parnassum (Fux, Johann Joseph)

Still I learned an insane amount about a very cool subject. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Johana treatise on counterpointwhich has become the single most influential book on the Palestrinian style of Renaissance polyphony.

Gradus Ad Parnassum is a study of how lines of notes relate to one another, i. There are perhaps three important points of contact between Johann Joseph Conterpoint and J. Trivia About The Study of Coun Cart Support Signed in as: Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Heel helder en structureel verwoord, is het duidelijk waarom dit boek reeds zolang en bij zovele componisten hoog staat aangeschreven.