Study of Counterpoint

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The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum.
The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux's great theoretical work 'Gradus ad Parnassum.' Since its appearance in 1725, it has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers. J.S. 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 ...

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Overview

The essence of the most celebrated book on counterpoint, Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum.
The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux's great theoretical work 'Gradus ad Parnassum.' Since its appearance in 1725, it has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the greatest composers. J.S. 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."
Originally written in Latin, 'Steps to Parnassus' was translated into the principal European languages, but the only English version was a free paraphrase published in 1886. The present translation by Alfred Mann is therefore the first faithful rendering in English from the original Latin and presents the essence of Fux's teachings. For its distinction as a classic and its undiminished usefulness for the modern student it is a privilege to offer this fine translation in the Norton Library.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393002775
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1965
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 297,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Classic Book of Counterpoint

    Being one of the very first widely distributed records on the teaching of counterpoint, this is a classic not to be ignored. It is concise and a simple read, but will take years to study. Every time you read it, you learn something new, see new patterns, recognize new techniques. Personally, I bought a more recent, clearer counterpoint book as well which helps explain this three-hundred year old book a lot. It takes effort to study, but the musical depth granted is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

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    For the student or enthusiast who enjoys music theory, this text translated from a time when counterpoint was king is very insightful towards that end. Some music theory knowledge is required, but the scope of this text does not venture too far beyond the rules of voice leading. Not an eye-opener, but definitely helpful.

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