Quartal Harmony

C. Chorale Setting using Quartal Harmony

In the following example, we will create a chorale setting based on the tune Nun komm that we explored in a previous chapter. Nun komm's modal character, as well as the major second and perfect fourth intervals that provide the distinct profile to the first phrase, makes this tune well suited to our quartal vocabulary.

Note that the two upper voices consist primarily of free counterpoint (meaning without imitation). Structurally we have introduced an interlude and coda that is seamlessly integrated within the course of the phrases.

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