Learning Exercise

Mass in B Minor: Module 5

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

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Exercise

  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.

Topics

  • 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

 

Assessment

  1. Answer the ten questions at:
    http://bach.nau.edu/mus410/mass/quiz05.html.
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page and then click the "Send to Instructor" button.