Analysis of Motivic Development – Bach’s Invention No. 1 in C Major

July 31, 2013

David Bennett Thomas·46 videos

One small error: in the second to last measure, the treble clef should read “motive inversion” and not “motive.”

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One Response to “Analysis of Motivic Development – Bach’s Invention No. 1 in C Major”

  1. Craig Buhler Says:

    Thank you so very much for your excellent and innovative approach to the analysis of Bach’s Invention No. 1 in C Major. Your method of teaching this difficult concept contributes greatly to the student’s understanding.
    Having spent the past 2 years intensively studying modal (The Fux book) and tonal (the Kent Kennan book) counterpoint, the process of transforming the rigid constraints of invention form into a piece as compelling and beautiful as this Bach masterpiece still eludes me. Fortunately, my dear friend, Taylor Ackley, currently a graduate composition student at Stonybrook University, reminded me that my ultimate objective is not to become a Bach clone but rather to apply sound principles of contrapuntal interaction to the style of composition I am called to.

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