Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux's great theoretical work Gradus ad Parnassum. Since its appearance in , it 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. An impressive list of nineteenth-century composers subscribed to its second edition, and in more recent times Paul Hindemith said, "Perhaps the craft of composition would really have fallen into decline if Fux's Gradus had not set up a standard.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alfred Mann. Since its appearance in , it 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.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 17th by W. Norton Company first published June More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Study of Counterpoint , please 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 music 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.
See 1 question about The Study of Counterpoint…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Study of Counterpoint. May 06, Joel rated it it was amazing. Now how you gonna go and front on my boy Fux? 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? A subset. Fractals and all that. It's written in the style of a dialogue between a teacher and a student and super easy to follow.
Do it! 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: we have lost touch with what is true, and we need to go back to the basics. 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. Dec 23, Kyle Lindholm added it. This book was rife with useful examples of counterpoint and the use of dialogue between teacher and student was a very effective way to study the artform.
That being said, it's largely up to the reader to thoroughly dissect the examples which are written in tenor, alto clefs in order to know what they are discussing in the dialogue.
I did not do this rigorous study, which is why I didn't understand as much as I feel I could have, which is why I feel I shouldn't rate this book. Overall a good r This book was rife with useful examples of counterpoint and the use of dialogue between teacher and student was a very effective way to study the artform.
Overall a good read, but I imagine a more effective way to study counterpoint is out there Feb 24, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: toad. 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 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.
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 for composers, and this book will walk you through the concepts of Counterpoint which were employed by Bach, Handel and others.
I, myself, studied this book 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, X rated it really liked it Recommended to X by: Mary. 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 language was very nice. It is amazing how Fux could make such a complicated subject seem simple, or at least understandable!
I only wish the first part of the Gradus ad Parnassum had been included. Jul 24, Niek Lucassen rated it liked it. Good classic work for studying the theory of counterpoint. The conversation approach makes it more than just another plain study book. The humble student does get annoying after a while, but he and his teacher really teach you the steps to Parnassus. Nov 20, Peter Cho rated it it was amazing. Oh venerable master, you are my 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 various 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. 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. May 12, Joseph Allocca rated it it was amazing. This is a great book for people looking to get a basic understanding of the way counterpoint works, as it was understood in the past.
If you're looking for more modern applications, there are other works but this one serves my purposes well. There are plenty of examples to make sure that you understand the concepts presented, and room to apply the same principles to other modes and keys.
There are a few terms that it is taken for granted you know going into it, but a quick look at a wikipedia pa This is a great book for people looking to get a basic understanding of the way counterpoint works, as it was understood in the past. There are a few terms that it is taken for granted you know going into it, but a quick look at a wikipedia page on counterpoint should prepare you adequately for what's in this book.
Johann Joseph Fux
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The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum
He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassum , a treatise on counterpoint , which has become the single most influential book on the Palestrinian style of Renaissance polyphony. Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux. Fux was born to a peasant family in Hirtenfeld , Styria , Austria. Relatively little is known about his early life, but likely he went to nearby Graz for music lessons. In he was accepted at the Jesuit university there, where his musical talent became apparent. From until he served as organist at St.