Song Help Request How dynamics interact with phrasing


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Apr 3, 2023
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Upstate, SC
I’ve been working with Bach’s Prelude in C in the well tempered clavier (BWV 846). I recorded this piece and posted in the shameless self promotion thread awhile ago but didn’t really do much with intentional dynamics.

Lately I’ve been learning about how chord progressions of each measure relate to phrasing. The first 4 bars in Prelude for instance start and end with the tonic, C. The next 7 bars then modulate toward the key of G.

I’ve read that dynamics can mirror how sentences are said, so one might speak more loudly at the beginning of a sentence and taper off at the end as it gets close to the period.

Curious about any other insights to consider.
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