Learning Exercise

Mass in B Minor: Module 5

Fifth reading (of six) on the Mass in B Minor.


"Bach to School" is open-content curriculum that threads its way through four summative works of J. S. Bach. Designed... see more


  1. Go to the following URL and scroll down to Module 5: http://bach.nau.edu/mass/bmSCHOOL.html.
  2. Explore Bach's monogram by hovering over it and also the movements of the Mass.
  3. Click and read about each movement and the various styles and genres in the Mass.


  • The meaning of Bach's monogram
  • History of the composition of each movement
  • Bach's practice of "borrowing"
  • The key of each movement and the duality of B minor/D major
  • Chorus vs. aria
  • High baroque vs. stile antico
  • Concerted style vs. continuo, motet, chamber music
  • How each movement employs various combinations of the above



  1. Answer the ten questions at:
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page and then click the "Send to Instructor" button.