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J.S.Bach: Chorale: Zion hört die Wächter singen (BWV 140 #4), Continuo realization exercise by BSG

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Uploaded on Jan 13, 2016

Posting this to help another user learn. No-frills -semplice- continuo realization, no passing tones, countermelodies, motifs, or any other bravura, just the called-for harmonies properly connected and led.

Bach tutorial continuo

Pages 9
Duration 04:23
Measures 75
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 5
Part names Strings, Voice, Harpsichord, Other Woodwinds, Contrabass, Cello
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Thanks! If you like that, read the Continuo Manual where I explain it, chord for chord, on my Profile Page.
Thanks a lot! I was searching this so bad!
For the definitive lowdown on the relationship between this massively justly well-known and beloved movement and the equally famous organ obbligato in Procul Harum's 1967 song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale", see https://web.archive.org/web/20040407225356/http://www.bachfaq.org/whiter.html and its linked-to, two pages of mine whose content was personally vetted and endorsed by Matthew Fisher, the organist and composer of the latter obbligato. ---- Note also that in the above, in measure 20 (and its repeat), both the tenor chorale and the string obbligato ascend from Bb below middle C to the Eb a fourth above between the second and third beats, as bald a case of parallel unisons (not ameliorated by the passing tones) as can be asked. In his organ version of this movement, BWV 645, Bach inserts a very kludgey ornament to smokescreen these parallel unisons, which are, without question, a compositional flaw-- the obbligato melody is, "Jesu, Joy" excepted (which is -not- independent), the most famous countermelody/obbligato in Bach, if not all classical music. Bach's reasoning here must have involved the inimitable, unforgettable arch and architecture of this melody, which must have seemed to admit no other placements and brook (as it were) no edits to patch this "bug".
I am very grateful for your assistance! But I am a little surprised by the choice of instruments in this work. Panflute probably was not a typical continuo instrument in Bach's era... :)
I have written a continuo manual for you and others: https://musescore.com/user/1831606/scores/1730411 Enjoy!
Great! Do start at the new intro page, though, ... https://musescore.com/user/1831606/scores/1745621
Thanks for the :)! Indeed, he didn't have many panflutes (come to think of it, isn't BWV 201 about the -Streit- between Phoebus and Pan?)- but we don't have many continuo organ sounds on MuseScore, and I have found that the pan-flute and the recorder make admirable organ flute sounds when they are needed. Check out some of my renderings of chorale preludes.
For the other extreme, an ambitious, intricate, motivic realization (of a JSB aria) try https://musescore.com/user/1831606/scores/960796.

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