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



Bach cadence fingerprints 5: 3-3-2 (Worksheet 15)


Worksheet Fifteen (Fingerprint 5) helps you understand various cadential progressions for the melodic pattern 3-3-2 before providing some exercises to complete. The first two examples below are the most straightforward - the third adds some more sophisticated or unusual features and is 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 (RM140, first phrase)


Example 2 (RM175, first phrase)


Example 3 (RM242, fifth phrase)





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