Commentaries (by me) on details of Bach 4-voiced chorales available in one place

Apr 16, 2019

Over the last couple of years, Gertim (now @SDG) has input the entire body of 389 Bach 4-voiced (some are 5) chorale settings collected by Julius Richter in the 1890's, published by Kalmus.   As he has done so, I have commented upon particularly interesting compositional, particularly contrapuntal, details.  He is in the process of moving his corpus, as it were, off of MuseScore, onto his own sites, with custom software.  As part of that, I have digested all of my comments on the chorales (and some responses by Gertim and others) into an additional single page:  https://www.bach-chorales.info/BachChorales/BachChoraleCommentSummary.html
which I think would interest anyone here who really cares about what happened "when Bach met Counterpoint", as it were.  Links back to the playable scores on bach-chorales.info are provided with each comment-set. While a few are mere expressions of subjective wonder or delight, the vast majority deal nuts-and-bolts with dissonance, consonance, gesture, and similar details. Do take a look.


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