Year of Publication

2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Classical Languages and Literature

First Advisor

Dr. Terence Tunberg

Abstract

Ioannes Fuxius per Aevum quod dicitur Baroccum, quo tempore gustus musici celeriter mutabantur, musicum enchiridion palmare, cui titulus Gradus ad Parnassum, edidit. Quo libro modos musicos componendi ratio aetate artium renatarum exorta cum ratione aevo Barocco usitata coniungitur. Auctor historiam artis musicae, vocabula artis propria, normas hoc opere docet per dialogum Latinum et faberrime scriptum, qui inter Palestrinae personam et eam discipuli personam, quam auctor ipse agit, habetur. At nostris temporibus Fuxius innotuit, quod quasi ante omnium oculos regulas uniuscuiusque Speciei Contrapuncti posuit. Liber eius igitur in multos sermones vernaculos est versus etiam paucis annis post primam divulgationem. Nunc temporis quoque in scholis musicis in omnibus orbis terrarum partibus sitis docetur. Hanc commentatiunculam paravi in usum discipulorum qui capita, ubi Species Contrapuncti duarum vocum enodantur, Latino sermone primigenio atque perlucido legere vellent.

During the Baroque Era, a time of quickly-changing musical tastes, Johann Fux wrote a seminal music composition textbook, the Gradus ad Parnassum, that bridges the gap between Renaissance Counterpoint and High Baroque Style. Through the beautifully-written, Latin dialog between a teacher (in the persona of Palestrina) and a student (Fux himself), the author teaches the reader about the history, nomenclature and norms of composition. Today the name Fux is synonymous with Species Counterpoint and his celebrated text, translated into many vernacular languages within years of its first publication, is read in music-theory classrooms around the world. This commentary is prepared for the use of students who wish to read the chapters on two-voice Species Counterpoint in the original, and highly accessible Latin.

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