Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 4

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 4 (C-sharp 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 C-sharp minor fugue at: http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue04.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: Lutheranism, chiasmus, lamento, triple fugue, Bach symbols, retrogradation, melodic inversion, passion music 
  • Key concepts: Shortest subject in WTC is chiastic; triple fugue is passion music with which artist identified by authorial inclusion; BACH motive/numbers/monogram
  • David Korevaar's performance notes at: http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i04k.pdf


  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    English: http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i04quest.html (or)
    Spanish: http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i04questS.html
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.