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“Correcting” Bach’s Parallel Fifths: Breitkopf Editorial Practices

In an earlier post I examined 20 instances of consecutive perfect fifths and octaves in the Bach chorales (not counting 26 “fermata” consecutives occurring between the final chord of one phrase and the first chord of the next). Since writing … Continue reading

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How Bach Prevented Consecutive Fifths and Octaves

In a previous post, I examined 46 instances of consecutive fifths and octaves found in the Bach chorales. Here is a summary of what we learned: Bach did on relatively rare occasion write consecutive fifths or octaves involving non-chord tones … Continue reading

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Consecutive 5ths and Octaves in Bach Chorales

So did Bach actually write consecutive perfect fifths or octaves in his chorales, breaking the First Commandment of part-writing? The short answer is yes, he certainly did. The long answer, however, will be far more informative if it addresses additional … Continue reading

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45 J.S. Bach Harmonizations of Sol-(Sol)-Fa-Me-Re-(Re)-Do

Several people have compiled different Bach harmonizations of the same chorale tune in order to better study the Bach chorale style. I wanted to find many different harmonizations of a single phrase, so I found and compiled 45 different harmonizations … Continue reading

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Bach’s “12-tone” Chorale Phrases

Last semester in my Theory III class, we spent time looking at the final movement of Mozart’s Symphony No.40, and we focused for a day on that wonderful, nearly-dodecaphonic passage that begins the movement’s Development Section. In the span of … Continue reading

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