Johann Joseph Fux (1660 - 1741)
Johann Joseph Fux (German pronunciation: [ˈfʊks])
(1660 ? 13 February 1741) was an Austrian
composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the late
Baroque era. 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 Palestrina 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 in
Styria. Relatively little is kno ... (Read all)