13th February 1741
Hirtenfeld, Styria, Austria
Johann Joseph Fux 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 Palestrinian style ofRenaissance polyphony. Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux.