Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 23

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 23 (B major) 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 major 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 and Spanish.


  • Topics: melodic inversion, tonal and modal variation, invertible counterpoint, Affekt, Monet 
  • Key concepts: Fugue is like Monet series paintings of poplars; techniques that unite composition and painting.


  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.