Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 21

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 21 (B-flat major) 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-flat major fugue at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue21.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 and Spanish.

Topics

  • Topics: permutation fugue, countersubject, pattern & metapattern 
  • Key concepts: Contrapuntal texture with two countersubjects inverted in a pattern with one anomaly; rotation of polyphonic voices; fugue likened to Amish quilt, poetry, and folk art.
  • David Korevaar's performance notes included at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i21k.pdf.  

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i21quest.html.  
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.