Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 6

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 6 (D minor) of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in performance by David Korevaar on the piano. Includes online assessment.


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  1. Listen to the D minor fugue at: http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue06.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: structure of subject/countersubject, melodic inversion, rounded binary, Fortspinnung 
  • Key concepts: Subject fragmented into three motives and undergoes inversion for 1st time in WTC; countersubject motivically related to subject; fugue likened to big bang; form is rounded binary
  • David Korevaars performance notes at:


  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.