Learning Exercise

Well-Tempered Clavier: Module 2

Listening and reading exercise on fugue 2 (C minor) 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 minor fugue at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/clavier/nature/fugues/Fugue02.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: figural structure of subject, countersubject, invertible counterpoint, melodic inversion, sequence, palindrome 
  • Key concepts: Subject represents an economy of means; two countersubjects require triple counterpoint; sequence likened to stairs, functions to connect related keys.
  • David Korevaar's performance notes at:
    http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i02k.pdf

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    English: http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i02quest.html (or)
    Spanish: http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i02questS.html.  
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page, then click the "Send to Instructor" button.