The Perfect Chorale (MTH4149.01)

Nicholas Brooke

In this class we’ll set hymn tunes for four voices, SATB ‐ one of the classic methods of studying harmony. We’ll look at the virtuosic chorales of Bach–arranging, reharmonizing, and revoicing each one–while singing everything we write. Emphasis will be on choosing idiomatic chords and creating elegant and singable counterpoint. Towards the end, we’ll look at more contemporary chorale voicings, and other approaches from shape-note to gospel. Previous work in harmony or counterpoint is required.


Learning Outcomes:
Learning chordal harmony and theory.
Writing idiomatically and melodically for voice.
Analyzing chordal function and understanding its role in genre and style


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous work in harmony or counterpoint. Permission of the instructor - contact: nbrooke@bennington.edu.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Theory , Two Credit
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