Contextual Analysis of Chorale Phrase Harmonizations by J.S. Bach


Example 1:  J.S. Bach, "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" (How beauteous beams the morning star)
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Score
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Analytical Commentary
Note the perfect authentic cadence (PAC) and the sense of finality it achieves. Note too the ornamental pitch D4 in the alto voice. Listen carefully for the arrival of the Dominant (D) in m. 2 and study how the 7th is added to V at cadence in the tenor voice. This tonic expansion begins and ends on a root position tonic triad and features parallel 10ths between the outer voices, a voice-leading paradigm often found in tonic expansions. {Chorale 195, mm. 5-6}