J.S.Bach’s four-part harmonizations of the chorales from his cantatas serve like a textbook on harmony. Every music student analyzes their tonal language in theory classes. For the organists, however, these little gems are also perfect exercises in developing hand and feet coordination. Because most of Bach’s chorale preludes for the organ are too complicated for the beginner, these four-part harmonizations of the chorale tunes might serve like introduction into Bach’s organ style. Therefore, they might be accessible to most aspiring organists with modest technical skills. In this video, I will provide the steps on playing the four-part harmonization of the chorale „Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ“ by J.S.Bach on the organ.
If you want to study more chorale harmonizations by Bach, I recommend his 371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale Melodies with Figured Bass.
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