Learning Exercise

Mass in B Minor: Module 1

First 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 1: http://bach.nau.edu/mass/bmSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay (or listen to David Gordon reading it) : "To Whom it May Concern: the story of J. S. Bach the employee and the greatest job application ever written."


Bach's employment history and crowning achievement in the Mass in B Minor

  • Introduction and Background
  • Weimar - Arnstadt - Mühlhausen (1703-1708)
  • Weimar 2 (1708-1717)
  • Cöthen (1717-1723)
  • Leipzig (1723-1750)
  • The World in 1733
  • The Job Application
  • About the Latin Mass
  • About Bach's Mass
  • After 1750


  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.