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unexplained sus4 progress in bach's choral

Another way to look at it, less harmonically, more melodically, which gets more to your point about an apparent unprepared dissonance, is F# in beats 4 and 2 are chord tones of dominant chords (...
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unexplained sus4 progress in bach's choral

Beat one — both halves — is ii7. The soprano B between beats 1 and 2 is a non-harmonic tone, lower neighbor to the C.
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