Bach Prelude in C Harmonic Analysis

Instructor
Yannick Lambrecht
Workshop
Level 1
Level 2
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4

In this workshop, we are deconstructing the classic Prelude #1 in C Major by J.S. Bach.

Going phrase by phrase, we will analyze each of the chords and their harmonic functions to understand what we are playing. We will discover the use of beautiful musical devices such as “sequencing” and “pedal point,” which are as applicable to to music today as they were four hundred years ago! We will also create our own musical patterns using these techniques.

To finish, we will transpose the melody to various keys to understand the chords on a deeper level.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the notes of Prelude in C
  • Analyze the chords and their harmonic functions
  • Discover the use of beautiful musical devices such as sequencing and pedal point
  • Compose creative patterns using these techniques
  • Transpose the melody to understand the chords on a deeper level
Learning Focus
  • Analysis
  • Composition
  • Reading
  • Songs
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