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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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Detecting Errors in Benward & Kolosick’s Ear Training

Ever since Bruce Benward & Tim Kolosick’s aural skills textbook Ear Training has been packaged with the music theory textbook I currently adopt, I’ve made use of it in aural skills labs. It serves as a convenient source of aural … Continue reading

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Chromaticism in Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin

I have entertained the thought of using one single piece of music for teaching all of chromatic harmony. There are several advantages in doing this. The students get an in-depth look into the world of one single composer and piece, … Continue reading

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A (Not-so) Simple Lesson from Tallis

In more than one composition lesson in recent weeks, I have brought up the same passage from Thomas Tallis’s anthem “Blessed Are Those That Be Undefiled.” The discussion on each occasion related to rhythmic aspects in my students’ compositions. I … Continue reading

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