Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 3

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 3 (C-sharp major) of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in performance by David Korevaar on the piano. Includes online assessment.

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Exercise

  1. Listen to the C-sharp major fugue at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue03.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

  • Topics: structure of subject, countersubject, melodic inversion, sequence, enharmonicism, well-tempered, re-exposition 
  • Key concepts: Disjunct subject outlines compound melody; countersubject melodically inverted; sequence likened to engine; enharmonics justified; well-tempered intonation defined; exposition repeated at conclusion of fugue; similarity of fugue to Italian concerto grosso.
  • David Korevaar's performance notes at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i03k.pdf

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    English 1:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i04quest.html (or)
    English 2:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i03questB.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.