Learning Exercise

Goldberg Variations: Module 4

Third 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 4: http://bach.nau.edu/goldberg/gbSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay: "Inside the Beehive of Bach's Brain."


An exploration of the creative process and how Bach's mind seems to have worked:

  • Bach spoke in the language of counterpoint.
  • Which grows a small idea - simple to complex.
  • In a symmetry (on patterns of self-similar structures)
  • Of regeneration (on tessellating patterns)



  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.