Learning Exercise

Goldberg Variations: Module 1

First 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 1: http://bach.nau.edu/goldberg/gbSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the two introductory essays on the Goldberg Variations: Williams and Halls


  • The popular name "Goldberg" vs. the formal name 'Clavierübung IV."
  • On the various editions and the intended harpsichord.
  • On Bach's revisiting of theme and variations as a form.
  • The overall pattern of the cycle.
  • On canon and the Quodlibet.



  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.