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.


"Bach to School" is open-content curriculum that threads its way through four summative works of J. S. Bach.  Designed... see more


  1. Listen to the B minor fugue at:
  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: 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.


  1. Answer the ten questions at:
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.