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Johann Joseph Fux German: He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassuma treatise on counterpointwhich 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 jlhann degree to this work by Fux.
Fux was born to a peasant family in HirtenfeldStyriaAustria. Relatively little is known about his early life, but likely he went joohann 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.
Sometime during this period he must have made a trip to Italy, as evidenced by the strong influence of Corelli and Bolognese composers on his work of the time. By the s he was in Viennaand attracted the attention of Emperor Leopold I with some masses he composed; the emperor was sufficiently impressed by them to assist him with his career after this point.
InLeopold hired him as court composer. Fux served Leopold I until his death, and two more Habsburg emperors after that: Joseph Iand Charles VIboth of whom continued to employ him in high positions in the court. Fux was famous as a parnassym throughout this period, his fame being eclipsed only later in the 18th century as the Baroque style died out.
Although his music until recently never regained favor, his mastery of counterpoint influenced countless composers through his treatise Gradus ad Parnassum Haydn largely taught himself counterpoint by reading it and recommended it to the young Beethoven. Graduss had a copy of it that he annotated. Fux dedicated it to Emperor Charles VI.
The work is divided into two major parts. In the first part, Fux presents a summary of the theory on Musica Speculativa, or the analysis of intervals as proportions between numbers.
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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.
Fux explains that intervals in exact mathematical proportions result in larger and smaller half tonesand he also mentions that some organists added extra keys split halves to use smaller and bigger half tonesbut that adding extra keys on a keyboard was problematic and for this reason they divided every note in ” zwei gleiche Theile ” two equal partsresulting in equal temperament.
The works of MersenneCicero and Aristotle are among the references quoted by Fux in this section. parrnassum
The second part, on Musica Pratica, is geadus section of this treatise where the author presents his instruction on counterpointfuguedouble counterpoint, a brief essay on musical taste, and his ideas on composing sacred musicwriting in the a cappella and in the recitativo style. This part is in the form of a dialog, between a master Aloysius, Latin for Luigi, who gradys meant to represent Palestrina’s ideas and a student, Josephus, who represents Fux himself, a self-admitted admirer of Palestrina.
At the outset, Fux states his purpose: Thus, his book stresses practice over theory. While Gradus ad Parnassum is famous zd the origin of the term ” species counterpoint “, Fux was not the first one to invent the idea. InGirolamo Dirutaa composer of the Venetian schoolpublished Il Transilvanowhich presented the Renaissance polyphonic style as a series of types: Fux’s work repeated some of Diruta’s, possibly coincidentally, since he is not known to have had a copy.
In any event, Fux presented the idea with a clarity and focus which made it famous as a teaching method. In species counterpoint, as given in Fux, the johamn is to master writing counterpoint in each species before moving on to the next.
The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux
The species are, in order, note against note; two notes against one; four notes against one; ligature or suspensions one note against one, but offset by half of the note value ; and florid counterpoint, in which the other species are combined freely.
Once all the species are mastered in two voices, the species are gone through again in three voices, and then gradys four voices. Occasionally, in modern counterpoint textbooks, the third and fourth species are reversed with suspensions being taught before four notes against johahn.
Fux expressed the intention of adding sections on how to write counterpoint for more than four parts, parnassun that rules in this area were to be “less rigorously observed”. However, citing his poor health as a result of gout and age, he chose to conclude the book as it stood.
Modern counterpoint education is greatly indebted to Gradus ad Parnassum as the codex of the five species [ citation needed ]. Bach’s personal library of theoretical works.
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The Study of Counterpoint: From Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus Ad Parnassum
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