Bach chorales from Boyd and Riemenscheider, COMPOSITION PRACTICE, Uncategorized

Bach chorale harmonisation with high trumpet descant

Ths is Boyd exercise 7, Riemenscheider 24 ‘Valet will ich dir geben’, a Palm Sunday hymn.


Bach set this in quite a minor way as a Pietist ‘leavetaking’ but I decided to go back to the original words which translate to ‘Glory, Laud and Honour’ (St Theodulph, 820AD).

This has a very high trumpet part which provisionally I would allocate to a piccolo trumpet in A (not sure yet about the lowest notes as this instrument may need or have an extra valve to extend its range)



WAV file generated from Sibelius

Look out for the German sixth in bar 6!




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