Learning Exercise

Goldberg Variations: Module 8

Fifth 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 8: http://bach.nau.edu/goldberg/gbSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay: "As You Like It."


Exploration of the last variation - the "Quodlibet"

  • Animation showing the melodic quotations and their sources in Sweelinck, Buxtehude, and a German folksong.
  • Reading that speculates on how the Quodlibet might have come into existence, its meaning, and why it closes the Goldberg cycle.



  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.