Here it is, folks. The final chorale in the book “101 Chorales Harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach.” Most of the melodies were written by other composers, but Bach put all of the notes underneath the melody to make these songs.
Here is chorale number 97 – Be Not Dismayed Thou Little Flock.
Here is a song in progress titled “Village Festival.”
From the songbook titled “Original Piano Duets by American Composers,” here is a section of a piece written by Frederick A. Williams titled Jubilee March. However, I didn’t use pianos. I think the strings work rather well. But that’s just me.
The cover of the book (which was published in 1970) says “One Piano, Four Hands, Two Dollars.” Back in 1970 you could still buy things for two dollars.
There are hundreds of drum loops available at soundtrap.com. Does that mean I need to use them all? Yes, it does!
The sheet music said it was to be played Maestoso. Maestoso is an Italian musical term and is used to direct performers to play a certain passage of music in a stately, dignified and majestic fashion or, it is used to describe music as such. I think I followed that direction perfectly.
And finally, here is the bass line from Bach’s Chorale #91. I can’t get enough of this one.
Here is another one of those Bach Chorales everyone has been talking about.
I am currently taking an online songwriting class. The latest assignment was to write a song in AABA format, using all of the chords in any one key, without modulating to another key.
As you can see (or hear), when a song just stays in the same key it gets monotonous very quickly.
One song that is interesting, despite not modulating, is Ravelle’s Bolero. It stays in the key of C for almost the entire song. Do you remember the Dudley Moore/Bo Derrick film that made this song famous?
Here are two more Bach Chorales for you. These are numbers 91 and 92 from the songbook 101 Chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach. I hope they bring you some peace. We could use a whole lot of that right about now.
Number 91 – The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away:
Number 92 – Sink Not Yet My Soul to Slumber:
And here is the bass line from chorale number 91. Play that Funky Music. (You know the rest).