The Well-Tempered Clavier

Locate the fugue half of the Prelude and Fugue in C minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, discussed on page 158 of your textbook and listen to a performance of this piece on YouTube or I-Tunes:The Well-Tempered Clavier, Fugue in C minor, or select the link below. Again, we are only interested in the “fugue” portion of this pairing in C minor. Listen carefully to this composition, following the Listening Guide in the textbook.


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Discuss the following questions based on your listening:

  1. How many “voices” is this fugue written for?
  2. Which “voice” enters first with the fugue subject?
  3. How many notes does Bach use for his fugue subject?
  4. How many times is this fugue subject presented in the course of this short fugue?
  5. Would you characterize the counter-subject as ascending or descending?

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