I am currently trying to analyze the harmony in Bach's first prelude from the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. To do this, I identify the chords, the inversions, borrowed chords, the melody, etc... However, this is a quite difficult exercise for me as I am a student on this topic. Can anyone please help me out?

  • There are lots of analysis, also youtube videos. the best is you do it yourself. This answer will probably be closed. music.stackexchange.com/questions/78043/… – Albrecht Hügli May 1 at 21:19
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    Welcome to Music Stack Exchange! Identifying the chords, inversion, and etc., are basically the main things of harmonic analysis. Can you please rephrase your question so it is more specific? I would love to help you out – cbracketdash May 2 at 0:24
  • Why is this especially difficult as you are a student on this topic? Where exactly are you stuck? – Nico Haase May 2 at 6:56
  • The C-Major Prelude from Book 1 is a great piece for practicing this skill, as it is composed almost entirely of simple arpeggios. If you're trying to get better at this skill, I'd suggest just blocking out some time and trying to do it on your own rather than reaching for someone else's solution. – Alex Basson May 2 at 10:59

I assume you mean of the first prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier?

If so, perhaps the most famous is that done by Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker. You can find it in his Five Graphic Music Analysis, but Bill Drabkin also wrote a famous article on it in Music Analysis.

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