The Counterpoint of J.S. Bach


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Alevizos, Konstantinos. 2020. "The First Mirror inside the Contrapunctus 6 of the Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1080, 6)." Revue musicale OICRM (2020). Available online at: <>.

Butler, Gregory G. 1991. "J.S. Bach and the Concord-Discord Paradox." The Journal of Musicology 9/3 (Summer, 1991): 343-357.

Byros, Vasili. 2015. "Prelude on a Partimento: Invention in the Compositional Pedagogy of the German States in the Time of J. S. Bach.". Music Theory Online 23/1. {MTO}

Caplin, William E. 2020. "Cadence in Fugue: Modes of Closure in J. S. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier." International Journal of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory 7/1 (April 2020): 180–239.

Chafe, Eric. 1984. "Allegorical Music: The 'Symbolism of Tonal Language in the Bach Canons." The Journal of Musicology 3/4 (Autumn 1984): 340-62. {JSTOR

Christensen, Thomas. 2016. "Thoroughbass As Music Theory," in The Work of Music Theory: Selected Essays. New York: Routledge. {GB}

Collins, Denis. "Bach's Occasional Canon BWV 1073 and 'Stacked' Canonic Procedure in the Eighteenth Century." Bach 33/2 (2002): 15–34. {JSTOR}

Derr, Ellwood. 1981. "The Two-Part Inventions: Bach's Composers' Vademecum." Music Theory Spectrum Vol. 3 (Spring, 1981): 26-48. {JSTOR}
Kirnberger, J.P., R. B. Nelson and D. R. Boomgaarden. 1986. "Kirnberger's Thoughts on the Different Methods of Teaching Composition as Preparation for Understanding Fugue." Journal of Music Theory 30/1 (Spring, 1986): 71-94. {JSTOR}

Lynden, De Young. 1997. "Stretto by Direct and Contrary Motion in Three Fugues by J. S. Bach." Indiana Theory Review 18/2. {IU ScholarWorks}

Gauldin, Robert. 2004. "An Introduction to Species Counterpoint," in Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music, 2nd ed. New York: Norton, pp. A14-25. {GBd}

_____________. 1993. "Fux to Bach: Bridging the Gap." Indiana Theory Review. 14/2 (Fall 1993): 45–72. {IUScholarWorks}

Giraud, Mathieu, Richard Groult, Emmanuel Leguy, Florence Levé. 2015. "Computational Fugue Analysis." Computer Music Journal 39/2 (2): 77–96. {JSTOR}

Goncz, Zoltan. 2011. "The Sacred Codes of the Six-Part Ricercar." Bach Studies 11: 1–15. {Hungarian Bach Society}

Haakenson, Matthew A. "Probing the Properties of the First Eight Notes of Bach’s Goldberg Ground Further." Music Theory Spectrum 39/2 (Fall 2017): 247-260. {JSTOR}

Halperin, Tamar. 2009. "The Ongoing Quest for Bach's Temperament." The Juilliard Journal (March 2009). Available online at: <>.

Herscovitch, Daniel. "Decoding the Music Masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue." The Conversation (March 23, 2017). Available online at: <>.

Koopman, Ton. 2008. "Notes on J.S. Bach and Basso Continuo Realization." In Butler, Gregory G. 2008. et al., ed. About Bach. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. {Full text: E-book Central}

Korsyn, Kevin. 2018. "Composition Lessons with Bach." Bach, 49/2 (2018): 227-247. {JSTOR}

Leaver, Robin. 2016. "Bach’s Choral-Buch?: The Significance of a Manuscript in the Sibley Library." Bach Perspectives 10: 16-38. {JSTOR}

____________. 2011. "Suggestions for Future Research into Bach and the Chorale: Aspects of Repertoire, Pedagogy, Theory, and Practice." Bach 42/2: 40–63, {JSTOR}

Leaver, Robin and Derek Remeš. 2018. "J. S. Bach's Chorale-Based Pedagogy: Origins and Continuity." Bach 48/2 and 49/1. {JSTOR}

Leaver, Robin. 2016. "Bach’s Choral-Buch?: The Significance of a Manuscript in the Sibley Library." Bach Perspectives 10: 16-38. {JSTOR}

Lester, Joel. 1998. "J.S. Bach Teaches Us How to Compose: Four Pattern Preludes of the Well-Tempered Clavier." College Music Symposium 38 (October 1, 1998). {CMS}

Lewin, David. 1998. "Notes on the Opening of the F# Minor Fugue From WTC I." Journal of Music Theory 42/2 (Neo-Riemannian Theory): 235–239. {JSTOR}

__________. 1997. "The D Major Fugue Subject from WTC II: Spatial Saturation?" Music Theory Online 4/4. {MTO}

Marlowe, Sarah. "A Taxonomy for Teaching Music Theory: J. S. Bach and Lessons in Invertible Counterpoint." Bach 49/2 (2018): 365–387. {JSTOR}

Marshall, Robert L. 1970. "How J. S. Bach Composed Four-Part Chorales." The Musical Quarterly 56/2 (Apr., 1970): 198-220. {JSTOR}

Mermikides, Milton. 2021. "Maestro of more than music: Look beneath the surface of Bach’s music and you will find a fascinating hidden world of numerology and cunning craft." Aeon (September 10, 2021). Available online at: <>.

Neumeyer, David. 1981. "The Two Versions of J.S. Bach's A-minor Invention, BWV 784." Indiana Theory Review 4/2 (1981): 69-99. {JSTOR}

Phillips, Tony. "Math and the Musical Offering." AMS: Feature Column. Available online at: <>.

Reed, Jacob Rosenthal and Matthew Neil Bain. "A Tetrahelix Animates Bach: Revisualization of David Lewin’s Analysis of the Opening of the F# Minor Fugue from WTC I." Music Theory Online 13/4 (December 2007). {MTO}

Remeš, Derek. 2019. "Compendium of Voice-Leading Patterns from the 17th and 18th Centuries to Play, Sing, and Transpose at the Keyboard." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. {JMTP;}

____________. 2017. "Chorales in J.S. Bach's Pedagogy: Recasting the First Year Undergraduate Music Theory Curriculum in Light of a New Source." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 31: 65-92. {JMTP}

____________. 2017. "J.S. Bach's Chorales: Reconstructing Eighteenth-Century German Figured-Bass Pedagogy in Light of a New Source." Theory and Practice 42: 29–53. {}

Smith, Timothy A. 1996. “Anatomy of a Canon,” from The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach. Available online at: <>.

______________. 1996. “Anatomy of a Fugue,” from The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach. Available online at: <>.

Tomita, Yo. 1999. The Inventions and Sinfonias (BWV 772–801). Liner notes for Masaaki Suzuki, Inventions and Sinfonias (BIS-CD-1009) {Naxos}. Available online at: <>.

Wolff, Christoph. 2007. "Bach's Music and Newtonian Science: A Composer in Search of the Foundations of His Art." Understanding Bach 2 (2007): 95-106. Available online at: <>.

Wolff, Christoph. 1976. "Bach's 'Handexemplar' of the Goldberg Variations: A New Source." Journal of the American Musicological Society 29/2 (Summer, 1976): 224–241. {JSTOR}

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