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Another Comparison: Beethoven Op.7 and Bach BWV1068

Beethoven composed his Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op.7 in 1797 in Vienna. Is it possible he had the first Gavotte from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite in D major, BWV1068 in his ear at the time? As I … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau Op.39 No.5, “Vocalise” & uncanny resemblances to Chopin Op.28, No.5

In a previous blog post, I listed some of the defining characteristics of the Rachmaninoff Style. Besides the ubiquitous use of mode mixture (turn to any page of the Second Piano Concerto or the Cello Sonata), the one characteristic that … 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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Rachmaninoff-ly Delicious

Here is an excerpt from the Preludio of Bach’s E major Partita for solo violin. Audio If you were composing a free piano arrangement of this passage, how would you go about it? Rachmaninoff went about it by writing what … Continue reading

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