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371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale Melodies with Figured Bass Paperback – November 1, 1986
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On the downside, the notes are small (this edition really packs 'em in) and it can be easy to get lost on the page. No texts are provided, either, aside from the opening words, so you have to accept on faith that some of the more contorted harmonizations are justified by the text. It's still nice to have, though, and looks nice and musicological sitting on the piano.
Four-Part Chorals of J.S. Bach. (Volumes 1 and 2 in one book). With German text and English translations. (Facsimile 1929). Includes Four-Part Chorals Nos. 1-405 and Melodies Nos. 406-490. With Music.
First bought 18 years ago, I found that I'd somehow lost my copy along the way. I bought another copy since I'm taking further music theory courses and though it isn't required in this particular course, it helps immensely to have a copy on hand.
The 371 Chorales (as well as 69 additional examples in two-part texture) distill the essence of Bach's work and provide endless fodder for musicians, especially teachers of music theory, for the study of voice-leading and common-practice tonal harmony. However, they are not abstract chunks of sound: it is important to realize their concrete origins in Bach's church music, and to do this Riemenschneider's extensive notes both before and after the chorales themselves make indispensable reading. An especially interesting revelation is that many of the chorales are all that remain of about a hundred lost cantatas.
Given the editor's insistence on the importance of the texts in determining Bach's harmonizations, it remains a bit disconcerting that no words are given (though understandable, as many of the chorales have multiple verses and fitting words to the music would have presented major problems of space), and over the years the reprints have shrunk in size to the point where the notes seem small and cramped in many of the examples. No matter: the material itself has lost none of its value.
Includes also a brief introduction, reading which revealed how little I knew about the history of Bach's chorales, to wit: J.S. Bach, in most instances, did not compose the melodies, but rather, the chorales were his harmonizations of familiar tunes of the day.
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Glad to have all the chorales.... sort of. The music is there, but the lyrics are not!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must-have for any advanced Harmony/counterpoint student.Published 4 months ago by London McDaniel
The collection of harmonized chorales are examples of very fine musical writing in four-parts. The short works clearly show that Mr. Bach has a great potential as a composer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ofer Ben-amots
I found the book of 371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale . . . very enlightening. True, the book is about 400 years old, but it is a treasure trove of harmonic examples by one of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by aardvark