Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 15

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 15 (G major) of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in performance by Dr. Philip Goeth on the organ. Includes online assessment.

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Exercise

  1. Listen to the G major fugue at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue15.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: structure of subject, scale, proportionality 
  • Key concepts: Rhythmic symmetry of the subject; scalar material developed by economical means; fugue likened to Palladio villa with ensuing discussion of geometric and harmonic means, Zarlino, and "music of the spheres."

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i15quest.html
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.