Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most remarkable musicians in our history. He is known to have taught his own students the principles of music by making them study and write chorales. These brief pieces of music were essential to the Lutheran liturgy and are masterpieces of harmonic virtuosity and musical instruction. They have been the cornerstone of learning to write good harmony and have been extolled by practically all the great musicians who have followed in his wake. This comprehensive course will teach you how to go about harmonising a Chorale in the style of JS Bach. Starting with the rules of basic harmony writing, enhancing Chorales with the use of suspensions and passing notes, the course moves on to working Chorale exercise.
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MA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), FRCO(CHM), FLCM, ARCM
Gareth achieved his first musical diplomas at the age of fifteen. Three years later he collected the Dixon and Turpin prizes for FRCO and was already engaged as a recitalist around Europe. He held Organ Scholarships at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; Worcester College, Oxford University; Canterbury Cathedral. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, leaving in 1990 to pursue his free-lance interests as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, adjudicator, composer and ABRSM examiner. Gareth is also now an ABRSM moderator, trainer and an international co-ordinator. He has released various recordings, both as a soloist and accompanist, and his musical endeavours have taken him as far a field as America, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Singapore. With over 35 years of experience as a private teacher he tutors students across the U.K. and throughout the world, his video courses are highly acclaimed. He's committed to developing the all-round integrated skills that equip every musician.