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ChoraleGUIDE: writing four-part harmony in the style of Bach

Bach cadence fingerprints 1: 3-2-1 (Worksheet Five)

Worksheet Five (Fingerprint 1) helps you understand various cadential progressions for the melodic pattern 3-2-1 before providing some exercises to complete. The first three examples below are the most straightforward - the remainder add some more sophisticated or unusual features and are included for advanced study beyond the worksheet.

Particularly interesting features are marked with a  . If you are curious it would be a good idea to work out what Bach does (e.g. treat a dissonance unconventionally or use a strange chord) and speculate as to why (e.g. to avoid parallel fifths or to improve the progression of harmonies). You should not generally incorporate such rarely used features in your own chorales.

Example 1 (RM165, second phrase)

Example 2 (RM68, final phrase, slightly simplified)

Example 3 (RM110, final phrase, slightly simplified)

Example 4 (RM114, final phrase)

Example 5 (RM251, final phrase, slightly simplified)

Example 6 (RM64, third phrase)

[note: a variant of the melodic pattern]

Example 7 (RM44, final phrase)

Example 8 (RM2, second phrase)

Example 9 (RM308, second phrase)

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