Learning Exercise

Goldberg Variations: Module 12

Last reading (of seven) on the Goldberg Variations.


"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 12: http://bach.nau.edu/goldberg/gbSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay: "The Odds Were in His Favor."


  • What is permutation?
  • How the Goldberg theme can be permuted as a canon
  • The 14 canons on the Goldberg ground and their permutations
  • motivic aggregates and contrapuntal combinatoriality



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