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The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux - PDF

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About Johann Joseph Fux

What’s an Instant Composer? A songwriter or composer who can create music on demand without breaking a sweat. And those starting techniques you learn in The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux which you can supplement with our home study video support lessons, available for separate purchase.

Counterpoint by Fux was originally published at the expense of the royal crown in 1725 as Gradus ad Parnassum (Latin for Steps to Parnassus) by Johann Joseph Fux, court composer for three Hapsburg emporers in Austria. In Greek mythology, Mt. Parnassus was the highest points of a mountain range in central Greece, home to Apollo and the Nine Muses who mythically inspired the arts. By going through each of the steps until completion, you move through counterpoint, imitation, fugue writing, and multipart writing. End result: training that takes your skill to the mountaintops.

With Gradus ad Parnassum, Johann Joseph Fux created a self-directed method for the young person wanting to learn music, but who couldn't afford music lessons. Compositionally, Fux's training goal was to teach the student how to write in each mode. He accomplished this instruction by giving examples in each mode along with specific cadential endings. By the end of three-part counterpoint, you’ve actually learned to reharmonize in each mode.

With modes (chord scales) matched to specific chord positions (dorian on ii minor, etc.), we now discover that Fux in 1725 set forth the "modern" chord scale approach to composition.

It's from these cadential ending studies and the use of the raised leading tone that leads you to an intuitive approach to understanding secondary dominants (which Schoenberg observed in his Structural Functions of Harmony).

In 1742, just a year after Fux's death, Lorenz Mizler, a student of Bach, translated the original from Latin into German directly under the eye of Bach, so stated Bach biographer Phillip Spitta.

The entire 1742 work has been newly translated and the music re-engraved by Alexander Publishing. It’s being released in sections. The Alexander Publishing edition of Fux’s work moves in a direction different from that of Alfred Mann’s translation.

Instead of being a direct translation, we’ve outlined Fux’s guidelines in a simple, step-by-step easy to read approach that teaches you compositional techniques that you apply in each mode: Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Ionian. By the time you’ve gone through three-part counterpoint, you’ve learned how to reharmonize in each mode!

In this present application, you’re given a clear didactic approach based on Fux's modal examples.

Also, the book contains pieces to study after a majority of the lessons. Everything you need is in one volume.

How to Study
When applied to songwriting, Fux gives you guidelines for crafting out melodies that are still used in today’s pop music.

You’re encouraged to both write and record your homework with vocal samples. Later, you can go back and record them with solo string and sectional strings, thus helping to build your string writing techniques, too.

Each mode presents its own set of writing challenges (especially Phrygian!) that appear even in music today.

So don’t wait! Get The Instant Composer and start building your chops today!

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Lesson 1 - The Value of Reading Music Notation.
Lesson 2 - Note Value
Lesson 3 - Pitch and Note Value (Clefs)
Lesson 4 - Intervals
Lesson 5 - Linear Intervals
Lesson 6 - Vertical Intervals
Lesson 7 - Where Chords Come From
Lesson 8 - Rhythm and Time Signatures -
Lesson 9 - Modes
Lesson 10 - The Major Scale
Lesson 11 - Major Scale Keys and Key Signatures
Lesson 12 - Chords In the Major Scale
Lesson 13 - Chords and Chord Scales
Lesson 14 - Three Minor Scales and How They Grew
Lesson 15 - Chords In The Minor Key
Lesson 16 - The Mystery Scale
Lesson 17 - Other Names for Notes
Lesson 18 - Ground Rules for Creating Melodies
Lesson 19 - Technique #1: Tutti Writing
Lesson 20 - Technique #2: Two Voices Against One.
Lesson 21 - Triplets and ¾ Time.
Lesson 22 - Technique #3: 4 Notes Against 1
Lesson 23 - Technique #4: Syncopation and Suspensions
Lesson 24 - Technique #5: The Whole Pie

Part II: Three-Part Counterpoint
Lesson 25 - Overview and Use
Lesson 26 - Technique #6:Tutti Writing with Three Voices
Lesson 27 - Pieces for Analysis
Lesson 28 - Technique #7: Two Voices Against One
Lesson 29- Analysis for Technique #7
Lesson 30- Technique #8 - Four Notes Against One
Lesson 31 - Analysis for Technique #8
Lesson 32 - Technique #9:The Ligature
Lesson 33 - Analysis for Technique #9
Lesson 34 - Technique #10:The Whole Pie
Lesson 35 - Analysis for Technique #10
Lesson 36 - Final Thoughts

In Concert

Listen to the music of several of Johann Fux's works as found on YouTube.


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Sinfonia a 4 'La cena del Signore'

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Overture in G Minor

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Suite in C Major - Entree, Rondeau

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