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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Since its appearance init has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers. 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. Paperbackpages.
Published June 17th by W. Norton Company first published June To see what your friends thought conterpoint this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpointplease sign up. Jonah Yes, it would be very helpful to know music fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book. For example, from the very …more Yes, it would be very helpful to know counterpoont fundamentals and the Western system of music notation before reading this book.
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. Being able to read music will also help you to hear the musical examples in the book by either playing them on an instrument or singing them yourself.
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The Study of Counterpoint
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. In my opinion, a skeletal understanding of the way multiple lines of music work together and independently of one another is a little window into this whole crazy world of ours and how it works. A s Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux?
Fractals and all that. It’s written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow. You won’t regret it! Jan 31, Britt rated it really liked it. 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.
He looks to Palestrina late Renaissance polyphony composer as the perfection in tonal harmony. Fux strongly feels that “modern music” has lost its sense of value and purpose with its incessant need to improvise, and he feels that we have lost touch with what is true. 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.
Although he makes a good point, the soap box banter I found to be rather irritating.
Fux’s need to preach takes away from his perfectly legitimate argument: This book on counterpoint is as much about philosophy as it is about voice-leading. Furthermore, Mann’s “The Study of Counterpoint” is almost like a story of the master Aloysius who is getting too old to teach, and looking for a worthy pupil to carry the torch.
Jan 15, Walt Burge rated it it was amazing. This is a fantastic book, which clearly articulates an approach to Baroque Counterpoint. This is a wonderful study vux composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others. I, myself, studied this josepph and then wrote a simple trio for Violin, Cello and Piano which during performance was taken for a Bach trio by those in attendance. Feb 24, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: Nice and short, really; of course it is.
Out of all the books in dialogue format, this is a pretty entertaining one. Did Fux or Mann write anything else? Because it might be funny. I ccounterpoint to read the whole thing twice to make myself pay attention through the flowery language, but it makes me fxu slightly smug to realize that the last things I arranged followed all the rules, which I knew without being formally taught them. Feb 24, X rated it really liked it Recommended to X by: The dialogue between the student and master made the book much more approachable than if it had been written like a dry textbook, and the old fashioned josephh was very nice.
It is amazing how Fux could make such a counterpoitn subject seem simple, or at least understandable!
The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux
I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it coounterpoint was amazing. Oh venerable master, you are countrpoint constant companion! May 16, Zack Macomber rated it really liked it. Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint.
Fux recommends spending 3 years working out the coutnerpoint species before writing free compositions. I understand why he would recommend that as this book requires time and practice to work out. 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. I plan to Excellent, step-by-step book on learning how to write counterpoint.
I plan to work through examples as necessary as I do contrapuntal writing in my arrangements I mainly arrange hymns and have a strong desire to arrange them contrapuntally. The examples are not very melodic in nature but will teach you sound counterpoint writing.
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It’s more important to learn the principles than to endeavor to become a Bach overnight in contrapuntal writing. But do consider this is a book of exercises and not necessarily a book on writing beautiful contrapuntal works. It lays a very solid foundation for writing like Bach in the future. Aug 07, Chairman Meow added it. Reading this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted!
After a couple months of practice and familiarization on the subject, I was able to come back and progress through it slowly. 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.
Definitely worth a look th Reading this was my first exploration into more advanced harmony and voice leading, and I was quite daunted! Definitely worth a look through your local secondhand bookstore or library! Apr 21, Aaron Saylor rated it it was amazing.
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. Therefore, I would encourage anyone to start here if they want to learn composition. Johann 12, Acer Pseudoplantatus rated it did not like it Shelves: Whilst I have certain sympathies for the “reactionary” spirit in which ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ was written, I must judge it for what it is.
Fux fails to teach the style which he supposes to have set out to teach, as he gets plenty wrong. In fact he completely misses the style of Palestrina and teaches a mix of baroque and misunderstood renaissance polyphony. 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 Fhx was written, I must judge it for what it is.
Hell, even the standard renaissance cadences, which are coounterpoint great structural importance are not thought and are only possible in one of is species. While the species approach may have pedagogical benefits the best apologia for which has been written by Alan Belkin in his ‘Counterpoint’, although I cannot agree with it; saying, for example, that the first species forces a student to focus on melodic shape is in my opinion misguided, as rhythm is very much part of a melody’s shape.
No work of Palestrina or any other counterpoiht master could have been written following the rules laid out by Fux and the whole “learn rules to break them” mentality is unhelpful; what would be the benefit of studying rules that do not help one realize what leads to independence of parts or good melodic lines? I honestly cannot understand why people still recommend Fux, to this day, some referring to him as “the source”.
Maybe it is because of the reputation his work has unjustly received. The only people who should take interest in this book are those interested in the history of music pedagogy.
Anybody interested in learning counterpoint form historical sources is better adivsed johaann look at Morley, Tinctoris and Zarlino for the Renaissance and Mattheson, Rameau and Marpur for the Baroque.
Mar 13, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 04, Daniel Lopez rated it it was amazing. Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo. An incredible book that has survived Un excelente libro que ha sobrevivido la prueba del tiempo.
An incredible book that has survived conuterpoint test of time. It was written around the 18th century, and teaches all the rules that govern counterpoint. Read by Bach, Beethoven, among many others so-called ‘great composers’, this book josehp the ground on which you will be able to appreciate and compose, with the proper dedication, music that uses this technique. Translated from latin to contemporary english.
Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it. This is probably THE book on Counterpoint. It’s nearly years old at this point, and many of the old masters studied from it.
Reading it as a modern reader is a bit strange. About half of the book is framed as a conversation between a teacher and a student. That said, if you are capable of reading jospeh musical notation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.