University of South Carolina
School of Music

BAIN MUSC 726C
The Counterpoint of J.S. Bach

Summer 2018


Blackboard | Grove/Oxford | Harvard Dictionary | JSTOR | Naxos | WorldCat


C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
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Counterpoint &
Harmony

2. Canon
3. Invention

Fugue

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News

Thanks for a great semester!

Quotable

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Bach's musical Credo: Harmony is constituted by accumulated counterpoint.

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– – Christoph Wolff

Course Description

Analysis of contrapuntal techniques in the music of J.S. Bach with a focus on canon, invention and fugue.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate tonal harmony and voice leading

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf)
  2. Works for Study
  3. Topics
  4. Media
  5. Related Topics
  6. Bibliography

Projects

  1. Fugue Presentation Schedule (pdf)
  2. Due Tues., July 3
  3. Due Wed., July 11
  4. Due Wed., July 18 or Thurs., July 19

Reference

  1. Terms & Concepts
  2. Roman numerals (pdf)
  3. Nonharmonic tones (pdf)

Digital Scores & Media

  1. CHORALES {Dahn 2018}
  2. CANON, BWV 1072-78, BWV 1086 {BD}, BWV 1087 {BD} & BWV 1079 {BD}
  3. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 {IMSLP; BD}
  4. INVENTION, BWV 772-786 {IMSLP; BD}
  5. FUGUE

Archives, Catalogues, Editions and Manuscripts

  1. Bach Werke-Verzeichnis {WP}
  2. Bach Archiv Leipzig {WP}
  3. Editions

Journals

  1. American Bach Society: Bach Perspectives
  2. Bach Network: Understanding Bach Web Journal
  3. Riemenschneider Bach Institute: BACH {JSTOR}

Online Resources

  1. Algomus, Computational Analysis of Bach Fugues
  2. Dahn, BachChorales.com
  3. Edwards, Puzzle Canon Site
  4. Emmanuel Music, Cantata Texts and Translations {Emmanuelmusic.org}
  5. Hanford and Koster, J. S. Bach Homepage
  6. Open Goldberg (OG) & Open WTC
  7. Oron, Bach Cantatas Website
  8. Smith, The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach
  9. Tomita, Bach Bibliography

BD - Bach Digital; GB - Google Books; Grove/Oxford - Grove/Oxford Music Online; HDM - Harvard Dictionary of Music; OG - Open Goldberg


Updated: July 20, 2018

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music
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