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Andy T
Apr 02, 2022
In BACH CHORALE
Bach is a composer who is very persistent in law. If you jump out of his mood and observe his spectrum, his music is full of regularity. Bach’s music style: Baroque music (Chorale harmony) A period or style of Western classical music from approximately 1600 to 1750 originated in Western Europe. Chorale harmony is also commonly referred to as four-part harmony, named after the number of parts that make up the choir. Chorales are written primarily to be sung by a four-voice choir in a standard SATB setup: Soprano Alto Tenor Bass The basic rules of four-part harmony will guide learner to create music in this style. In addition, these voices are typically written in one of two ways, using either open or closed scoring. Open scoring, also known as vocal scoring, is written with each voice contained on its own stave, making for ease of reading and singing for performers. Rule 1: Parallel fifths and octaves occur when two parts that are a fifth or octave apart move in the same direction to new notes that are the same interval apart. Often, they are relatively easy to spot: However, sometimes they do become more difficult to identify or avoid Rule2: - No part in a chorale should be further than an octave away from its neighbour, except the bass voice. - This can be remembered by using the phrase “the bass fills the space!” Rule3: The Soprano will take the melody, while the bass will take the bass line. These two parts must balance each other, with a strong melody being accompanied by a strong bass line. In order to keep the parts well balanced, we must consider the contour (shape) of each part: - The soprano contains the melody, and will likely be a combination of steps and leaps. - The bass contains the bass line, which will likely include more leaps than the melody. Application of Baroque music style: 1. The tone is often blurred and dissociated between harmony and melody 2. Guide the harmonious transformation of tonality through tone guidance Bach enriched established German styles through his mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organization, and his adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include hundreds of cantatas, both sacred and secular. I found that Bach seemed to have a preference for tonality, or maybe I listened less. Bach seems to prefer G major and D major. In his famous works, unaccompanied cello 1007 is in G major and 1012 is in D major; The theme of Gothenburg variations (ARIA) is in G major; In the Brandenburg Concerto, the third group is in G major and the fifth group is in D major... Of course, this is not absolute. I haven't made statistics. I just give this guess according to my memory and feeling. Bach often modulates to the dominant key, and also often modulates to the relative minor/major. Less commonly, he can modulate to the sub-dominant key, or to the tonic minor/major. one of the most effective methods I find to build compositional technique is to take a piece by one of the grades analyze. It and then write my own pastiche 1. Analyze the Large form 2. Harmonic framework 3. Phrase structure 4. Motive analysis Step 1: 8-10 rules/conventions for writing and Harmonising Bach chorale
 Step 2: Research 4-5 each rules/conventions
 Step 3: Discuss in group and make a blog post
 Step 4: post it in amusedspace.com
 Step 5: comment and Compare with each other's post
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