Bach's harmony

Juliette Curtis juliette at
Wed Apr 6 20:59:18 EDT 2005

A long time ago, I was practising a Bach duet with my flute teacher. It 
was lovely -- up to a certain point. Suddenly the harmonies became 
dissonances, the rhythms fractured, everything went haywire.

Then we realized that he was in G and I was in B flat. We were playing 
parts from different duets.

The odd thing was that it all worked up until that point, although it 
had sounded a bit modern for Bach.

Did we discover something interesting about Bach's use of harmonies?


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