Learning Exercise

Mass in B Minor: Module 4

Fourth 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 4: http://bach.nau.edu/mass/bmSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay: "Bach's Masterpiece Thirty-Six Years in the Making."


  • Bach's practice of "borrowing" from his earlier work and how most of the Mass is recycled from his earlier compositions, spanning 36 years.
  • The history of each movement in the context of its original composition and how it was repurposed for the Mass.


  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.