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NO YES. Download Product Flyer Description. Selected type: Paperback. Added to Your Shopping Cart. This is a dummy description. 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.
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.
The Study of Counterpoint
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Johann Joseph Fux
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.