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This is bar 9 in J.S.Bach's BWV 940 in the Henle edition, which is in common time:

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Is the initial upper D in the bass staff too long?

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    No. Why do you think it might be?
    – phoog
    May 7, 2023 at 8:04
  • Because there appears to be 5 voices on beat two? May 7, 2023 at 8:20
  • @ElementsinSpace and three on beat 3. The problem is with the rests, not the note lengths. Or indeed with the assumption that there should be a constant number of voices.
    – phoog
    May 7, 2023 at 8:53

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Henle specialise in urtext editions. Perhaps the notation was Bach's fault. I agree that it's technically 'wrong' and, more importantly, difficult to read. The impression is clearly that the lower stave contains two voices, and the higher one doesn't add up!

Here's a version with more meticulous part-writing.

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And another. Both from IMSLP.

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  • Ah, the second one is what I was playing (trying to play, really... 😅) May 7, 2023 at 12:54
  • The first one decided that there is a fifth voice? May 7, 2023 at 12:56
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    Yes. And no reason why it shouldn't, this is keyboard writing, not ACTUAL voices.
    – Laurence
    May 7, 2023 at 13:09

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