NEWS! The first draft of my new edition of the Bach chorales is nearing completion and will be available soon! This new edition has several advantages over the commonly–used Riemenschneider edition: each chorale is presented with original German text and with detailed contextual information. To learn more, go here.
Bach Chorale Indexes
Sortable Bach Chorale Table: a table of the extant four–part Bach chorales that can be sorted by various categories. A few sorting kinks are being ironed out, but the table is quite useful as is.
Bach Chorale Tune Index: an index of the entire extant oeuvre of Bach chorales organized by hymn tune (using scale–degree numbers). Both BWV and Reimenschneider numbers are included.
Bach Chorales–By–Date Index: an index of the chorales arranged by date and liturgical occasion. BWV, Breitkopf, Dietel and Riemenschneider numbers are included.
Bach Chorales–By–Liturgical Calendar Index: an index of the chorales arranged by liturgical occasion. BWV, Breitkopf, Dietel and Riemenschneider numbers are included.
Chorales Transposed in Riemenschneider: an index of the sixteen chorales in the Riemenschneider that are transposed relative to their appearances in the works from which they come.
Chorales Duplicates in Riemenschneider: an index of the 21 chorale duplicates in the Riemenschneider. BWV and Breitkopf numbers are included.
Chorales not in the Riemenschneider: an index of 59 chorales that do not appear in the Breitkopf / Riemenschneider collection.
Chorales in Vopelius: an index that gives the location of the texts and tunes from Bach’s chorales in the 1682 Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (NLGB) edited by Gottfried Vopelius.
Bach Chorale Topical index: a comprehensive categorical indexing of the 371 Bach Chorales by category (project has been abandoned until my new edition of the chorales is complete)
Bach Chorale Settings of the Same Tune for Comparative Study:
Three chorale settings of "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" arranged by date. PDF
BWV: 2.6, 77.6, 153.1
Five chorale settings of Martin Luther’s "Christ lag in Todesbanden" arranged by BWV. All settings are aligned and placed in the same key for easy comparison. PDF
BWV: 4.8, 158.4, 277, 278, 279
Seven chorale settings of Louis Bourgeois’s "Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele" arranged by date. PDF
BWV: 19.7, 25.6, 30.6, 32.6, 39.7, 70.7, 194.6
Four chorale settings of "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset" along with the tune’s appearance in the Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch. All settings are placed in the same key for easy comparison. PDF
BWV: 41.6, 171.6, 190.7, 362
Eight chorale settings of Ahasverus Fritsch’s "O Gott, du frommer Gott" (Melody #3) arranged by date. All settings are placed in the same key for easier comparison. PDF
BWV: 45.7, 64.4, 94.8, 128.5, 129.5, 197a.7, 398; Dietel 113
Seven chorale settings of "Was mein Gott will, das gscheh allzeit" arranged by date, along with the tune’s appearance in the Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch. All settings are placed in the same key for easy comparison. PDF
BWV: 65.7, 72.6, 92.9, 103.6, 111.6, 144.6, 244.25
Seven chorale settings of Georg Neumark’s tune "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten" arranged by date. Two versions: chorales in original keys (PDF) or chorales transposed to the the same key for easier comparison (PDF).
BWV: 84.5, 88.7, 93.7, 166.6, 179.6, 197.10, 434
Bach Chorale Score Analysis Scans:
Chorales 1–18 (5.5MB)
Chorales 19–43 (6.0MB)
Chorales 44–67 (6.0MB)
Chorales 68–89 (5.7MB)
Chorales 90–112 (5.9MB)
Chorales 113–130 (4.9MB)
Various Essays & Projects Devoted the Music of J.S. Bach:
An analytical comparison of the Mass in B Minor "Crucifixus" with the second movement of Cantata 12 from which it originated.
See four videos featuring excerpts from the cantatas created for a lecture entitled "’Music that Drives Away the Devil’: the Catechetical Music of Johann Sebastian Bach" that was given on March 21, 2012 at Northwestern College.
A comparison of 45 different
harmonizations of Sol–(Sol)–Fa–Me–Re–(Re)–Do in Bach’s chorales
A color–coded analysis of Bach’s D–flat Major Prelude from Book 2 of the Well–Tempered Clavier
"Fixing" a fascinating passage in the D major Fugue from Book 2 of Bach’s Well–Tempered Clavier
An analysis of Bach’s Chorale #29: "Mein Gott, öffne mir die Pforten"