Questions on Fugue No. 1
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
by Johann Sebastian Bach
©1999 Timothy A. Smith

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  1. The Prelude to this fugue is one of Bach's simplest, but most famous, works. From your reading of the narrative you learned that it was written to instruct one of Bach's sons how to play the keyboard. Which son?

    Carl Philipp Emanuel
    Wilhelm Friedemann
    Johann Christian
    Johann Christoph Friedrich

  2. The most spectacular stretto of this fugue begins in:

    m. 10
    m. 14
    m. 16
    m. 19

  3. What underlying melody unites the fugue's subject with the C Major Prelude?

    mi fa mi la re sol
    do re mi fa sol fa
    the lower tetrachord of a major scale
    the upper tetrachord of a major scale

  4. When played one after the other, the first four notes of the fugue's subject and the first four notes of its answer comprise:

    a minor scale
    a major scale
    the Dorian mode
    the Hypo-dorian mode

  5. In the Well-Tempered Clavier, what is the proportion of fugues with stretto to those without?

    many more with stretto than without
    slightly more with stretto than without
    many more without stretto than with
    slightly more without stretto than with

  6. Following the exposition of the C Major fugue, how many entries of the subject are not in stretto?

    one
    two
    three
    four

  7. Which portion of the fugue contains the most dense concentration of stretti?

    the exposition
    the 1st development
    the 2nd development
    the 3rd development

  8. The author of this analysis takes the position that the relationship between this fugue's subject and answer is:

    tonal
    real
    either tonal or real
    impossible to determine

  9. The order of subjects (s) and answers (a) in this fugue's exposition is:

    s-a-s-a
    s-a-a-s
    s-s-a-a
    s-a-s-s

  10. What is the significance to there being fourteen pitches in the fugue's subject?

    14 is an even number
    2x7 represents perfection
    one more than the unlucky 13
    B+A+C+H = 14

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