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

Bach mid-phrase fingerprint 9 (Worksheet Sixteen)

Worksheet Sixteen (Fingerprint 9) helps you to understand a number of variants of a standard chord progression that works very well in the middle of phrases. The first five examples below are the most straightforward - the others 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 (RM3, first phrase)

Example 2 (RM40, fourth phrase)

Example 3 (RM183, first phrase)

Example 4 (RM140, second phrase)

Example 5 (RM135, first phrase, slightly simplified)

Example 6 (RM325, third phrase, slightly simplified)

Example 7 (RM355, first phrase)

Example 8 (RM16, first phrase)

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