Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 24

Listening and reading exercise on the last fugue (B minor) of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in performance by Edward Parmentier on the harpsichord. Includes online assessment.

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Exercise

  1. Listen to the B minor fugue at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue24.html.
  2. Read the narrative, at the end of which you'll find a link to the online assessment.  The narrative is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Topics

  • Topics: chromaticism, Lutheranism, chiasmus, Lucas Cranach, passion music 
  • Key concepts: Most chromatic of subjects in WTC employs twelve tones; outlines three crosses; 25 iterations of BACH motive; intertextual associations of passion music with Weimar painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder; motivic connotations of prelude.

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i24quest.html
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.