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




Learning Resources

Cadential fingerprints Examples of how Bach harmonises some common melodic patterns in his chorales. All the resources in this section are focused on cadences. If you can learn some typical progressions and tricks that Bach uses, your chorales will instantly sound much more convincing - you will also have learnt a lot about how tonal harmony works.
Other Bach fingerprints Examples showing a range of other characteristic features of Bach's chorale harmonisations: chromatic chords, typical harmonic progressions in the middle of phrases, use of passing notes and suspensions outside cadences.
Modulations Notes on the different types of modulations in Bach's chorales along with examples of pivot and phrase modulations to various keys.



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