The Counterpoint of J.S. Bach


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Ambrose, Z. Philip. 2005. J.S. Bach: The Extant Texts of the Vocal Works in English Translations with Commentary: Volume 1: BWV 1-200; Volume 2: BWV 201-. Philadelphia: XLibris. {GBd; WEB}

Benjamin, Thomas. 2005. The Craft of Modal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB; Full text: Ebook Central}

______________. 2003. The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB; Full text: EBSCOhost; Ebook Central}

______________. 1986. Counterpoint in the Style of J.S. Bach. New York: Schirmer. {GBd}

Bent, Margaret. 2013/2002. Counterpoint, Composition and Musica Ficta. New York: Routledge. {GB}

Berry, Wallace. 1986. Form in Music, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. {GB}

Burstein, L. Poundie and Joseph N. Straus. 2020. A Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, 2nd ed.,  New York: Norton. {GB}

Bruhn, Siglind. 1993. J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: In-depth Analysis and Interpretation. Hong Kong: Mainer. {Gortz PDF Edition}

Butt, John, ed. 1997. The Cambridge Companion to Bach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Boyd, Malcolm, ed. 1999. J.S. Bach. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB; Full text: Ebook Central}

Chafe, Eric. 2003. Analyzing Bach Cantatas. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB}

Chiapusso, Jan. 2021/1980. Bach's World. Bloomington, IN: IU Press: Available online at: <>.

Christensen, Thomas. 2017. The Work of Music Theory: Selected Essays. New York: Routledge. {GB}

David, Hans T. 1972. J. S. Bach's Musical Offering: History, Interpretation, and Analysis. Mineola, NY: Dover. {GB}

Dahn, Luke. 2021. The Four-Part Chorales of J.S. Bach. Available online at: <>.

David, Hans T. and Arthur Mendel. 1966. The Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents, Revised Edition. New York: Norton. {GB} (See also: Wolff, David and Mendel 1998)

Davidian, Teresa. 2015. Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician: An Introduction. New York: Rowan & Littlefield. {GB}

du Sautoy, Marcus. 2009. Symmetry: A Mathematical Journey. New York: Harper Collins. {GB}

Dickinson, Alan. 1979/1956. Bach's Fugal Works: With an Account of Fugue Before and After Bach. New York:  Greenwood Press. {GB}

Dreyfus, Laurence. 1996. Bach and the Patterns of Invention. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. {GB}

Engels, Marjorie Wornell. 2006. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: An Exploration of the 48 Preludes and Fugues. New York: McFarland. {GB}

Fux, Johann Joseph. 1965/1725. The Study of Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum, translated and edited by Alfred Mann. New York: W. W. Norton. {GB}

Gauldin, Robert. 2013/1995.  A Practical Approach to 18th Century Counterpoint. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. {GB1; GB2}

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

Girard, François. 1993. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. DVD. Culver City, CA: The Samuel Goldwyn Company. {WP}

Gjerdingen, Robert. 2007. Music in the Galant Style. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB; Full text: Ebook Central}

Green, Douglass. 1993. Form in Tonal Music: An Introduction to Analysis, 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. {GB}

Green, Douglass and Evan Jones. 2010. The Principles and Practice of Modal Counterpoint. London: Routledge. {GB; Full-Text: Ebook Central}

___________________________. 2010. The Principles and Practice of Tonal Counterpoint. London: Routledge. {GB}

Gould, Glenn and Tim Page, ed. 1990. The Glenn Gould Reader. New York: Vintage Books. {GBd}

Groocock, Joseph. 2003. Fugal Composition: A Guide to the Study of Bach's '48'. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. {GB}

Hofstadter, Douglas. 1999/1979. Gödel, Escher, Bach, 20th Anniversary ed. New York: Basics Books. {GB}

Huron, David. 2016. Voice Leading: The Science behind a Musical Art. Cambridge: MA, MIT Press. {GB}

Johnson, Theodore. 1982. An Analytical Survey of the Fifteen Two-Part Inventions by J. S. Bach. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. {GB}

Kennan, Kent. 1999. Counterpoint, 4th ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. {GBd}

Kerman, Joseph. 2015/2005. Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715–1750. Berkeley: University of California Press. {Full-text: Open JSTOR; Luminos}

Kraft, Leo. 1976. Gradus: An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis. New York: Norton. {GB}

Laitz, Steven. 2016. The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis and Listening, 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB}

Lawrence, Michael. 2010. Bach and Friends. DVD. Michael Lawence Films. {}

Leaver, Robin A., ed. 2016. The Routledge Research Companion to Johann Sebastian. New York: Taylor & Francis. {GB}

Ledbetter, David. 2002. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues. New Haven: Yale University Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

Lerdahl, Fred. 2004. Tonal Pitch Space. New York: Oxford University Press. {Ebook Central}

Lester, Joel. 1992. Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University of Press. {GB}

Mann, Alfred. 1987/1958. The Study of Fugue. Mineola, NY: Dover. {GB}

Marshall, Robert. 2003. Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music. New York: Routledge. {GB; Ebook Central}

Marshall, Robert Lewis. 1972. The Compositional Process of J. S. Bach: A study of the autograph scores of the vocal works, Vol. 1. Princeton University Press. {GB}

McHose, Allen Irvine. 1947. The Contrapuntal Harmonic Technique of the 18th Century. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. {Full-text: HathiTrust}

Melamed, Daniel R. and Michael Marissen. 1998. An Introduction to Bach Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. {Full-text: Ebook Central}

Owen, Harold. 1992. Modal and Tonal Counterpoint: From Josquin to Stravinsky. New York: Schirmer/Cengage. {GBd}

Parks, Richard. 1984. Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint and Tonal Structure. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. {GB}

Pesic, Peter. 2022. Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {GB}

Prout, Ebenezer. 1891. Double Counterpoint and Canon. London: Augener. {}

_____________. 1891. Fugue. London: Augener. {;}

_____________. 1910. Analysis of J.S. Bach's Forty-Eight Fugues. London: Ashdown. {}

Rameau, Jean-Philippe. 1724/1971. Treatise on Harmony, translated and edited by Philip Gossett. Mineola, NY: Dover. {GB}

Remeš, Derek. 2021. The Art of Preluding: Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Preludes in J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier I & II. Cazenovia, NY: The Leupold Foundation. {Intro.: YouTube}

____________. 2020. "Thoroughbass, Chorale, and Fugue: Teaching the Craft of Composition in J. S. Bach’s Circle.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. {Author's Website}

____________. 2019. Realizing Thoroughbass Chorales in the Circle of J. S. Bach. Cazenovia, NY: Wayne Leupold Editions. {GB; Intro.: YouTube}

Richter, Ernst F. 1878. A Treatise on Fugue: Including the study of imitation and canon. Boston: O. Ditson & Co. {IA

Rings, Steven. 2011. "Bach, Fugue in E major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 878," in Tonality and Transformation. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB}

Rothgeb, John, ed. 1987. Counterpoint: A Translation of Kontrapunkt by Heinrich Schenker, Book I, translated by John Rothgeb and Jürgen Thym. Ann Arbor: Musicalia Press. {GB}

Salzer, Felix and Carl Schachter. 1989. Counterpoint in Composition: The Study of Voice Leading. New York: Columbia University Press. {GBd}

Schubert, Peter. 2008. Modal Counterpoint. New York: Prentice Hall. {GB}

Schubert, Peter and Christoph Neidhöfer. 2023/2006. Baroque Counterpoint. Expanded Edition. Buffalo, NY: State University of New York Press. {GB; 1/e: GB}

Schoenberg, Arnold. 2003/1963. Preliminary Exercises In Counterpoint, edited by Leonard Stein. Pacific Palisades, CA: Belmont Music Publishers. {GB}

Schulenberg, David. 1999. The Music of J. S. Bach: Analysis and Interpretation. Omaha: University of Nebraska Press. {GB}

Selfridge-Field, Eleanor, ed. 1997. Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {GB}

Smith, Timothy A. 1996. The Canons and Fugues of J.S. Bach. No longer available. {See Digital Bach: YouTube Channel}

Spitta, Philipp. 1992/1889. Johann Sebastian Bach: His work and influence on the music of Germany, 1685-1750. Mineola, NY: Dover. {GB}

Tatlow, Ruth. 2015. Bach's Numbers: Compositional Proportion and Significance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB; Full-text: EBSCOhost}

__________. 1991. Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet. London: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Tomita, Yo, Robin A. Leaver, and Jan Smaczny. 2013. Exploring Bach's B-Minor Mass. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

Turek, Ralph. 1995. Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications, Vol. 1, 2nd ed.. New York: McGraw Hill. {GB}

Trythall, Gilbert. 1993. Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint. New York: Brown and Benchmark. {GB}

Tymoczko, Dmitri. 2011. A Geometry of Music : Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice. New York: Oxford. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

Walker, Paul. 2000. Theories of Fugue from the Age of Josquin to the Age of Bach. Rochester: University Rochester Press. {GB}

Williams, Peter. 2016. Bach: A Musical Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

____________. 2007. Bach: A Life in Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

____________. 2003. The Organ Music of J.S. Bach, Revised Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

____________. 2001. Bach: The Goldberg Variations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

Wolff, Christoph and Markus Zepf. 2012. The Organs of J. S. Bach : A Handbook, translated by Lynn Edwards Butler. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. {GB; Full-text: Ebook Central}

Wolff, Christoph, Hans T. David, and Arthur Mendel. 1998. The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents. New York: Norton. {GB} (See also: David and Mendel 1966)

Wolff, Christoph. 2000. The Learned Musician. New York: Norton. {GB}

Yearsley, David. 2002. Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

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