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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Bach ‘s preference for actual music in the teaching of composition as against ‘the dry species of counterpoint that are given in Fux and others’, but the same letter places Fux at the head of those contemporary composers whom J. 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 y This is probably THE book on Counterpoint.

Therefore, I would encourage anyone to start here if they want to learn composition.

The Study of Counterpoint

It preserved important theoretical and practical details of contemporary musical thought; it was a tremendously influential work, which Haydn and Beethoven, among many others, studied; and its jihann prevailed into the 20th century. Fux was made court composer by the Emperor in ; about the latter is believed to have sent him to Rome, where he studied composition. In addition Fux wrote Masses incl. All in all a very useful book.

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This coynterpoint a fantastic book, which clearly articulates an approach to Baroque Counterpoint. You won’t regret it! That said, if you are capable of reading basic musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Fux is incredibly self-righteous in his nagging soliloquy about “the rise of three dimensional thought” all to be found in his cumbersome introduction and foreward.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The examples are not very melodic in nature but will teach you sound counterpoint writing. May 16, Zack Macomber rated it countepoint liked it. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

More than works have been added to the original cataloged by Kochel. Oh venerable master, you are my constant companion! Grout, A Short History of Opera ; 2d ed.

In he was appointed organist at the Schottenkirche, Vienna, maintaining this post until ; from he was also court composer to Emperor Leopold. I had to read the whole thing twice to make myself pay attention through the flowery language, but it makes me feel slightly smug to realize that the last things I arranged followed all the rules, which I knew without being formally taught them.

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. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Fux expressed the intention of adding sections on how to write counterpoint for more than four parts, indicating that rules in this area joeph to be “less rigorously observed”.

This was followed by a seven-part Concentus musico-instrumentalis and his a cappella masterpiece, Missa canonica, both dedicated to the future Emperor Joseph Iand two operas now lostcomposed fx saint’s-day celebrations at court.

This article needs additional citations for verification. During this period Apostolo Zeno, who became court poet inwas engaged in a reform of Italian opera in the interest of greater dignity and simplicity of organization. Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to Fux is incredibly self-righteous in his nagging soliloquy about “the rise of three dimensional thought” all to be found in his cumbersome introduction and foreward. Views Read Edit View history.


He served counterppint organist at St. Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers.

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Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless jogann through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum From until he served as organist at St.

Also keyboard and instrumental works in various modern eds.

Johann Joseph Fux

In he became second kapellmeister at the Cathedral of St. 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.

Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange. Dec 28, Hans rated it really liked countrrpoint.

Johann Joseph Fux – Wikipedia

Overview Inside the Book. Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are fxu in some degree to this work by Fux.

Mattheson ‘s favourable account of his choral writing and his chamber duet style. He was famous as a composer throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18 th century as the Baroque style died.