Questions on Fugue No. 15
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
by Johann Sebastian Bach
©1999 Timothy A. Smith

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  1. Palladio's work is characterized by dramatic exterior motifs. This fugue exemplifies the same technique in:

    scalar passages connecting fugal episodes.
    leaps of a 7th in the subject's middle.
    doubled rhythmic values of the subject's middle.
    the question/answer of the subject's beginning and end.

  2. This fugue employs the golden mean in the proportion of its:

    exposition to development.
    counterexposition to development.
    exposition plus counterexposition to development.
    exposition to codetta.

  3. Which of the following statements are true of the harmonic mean?

    • It was generated by division of the monochord.
    • It involved frequencies of different proportions.
    • It produced the "golden" ratio of .618 to .382.
    • It was of interest to Palladio and Zarlino.

    One of the above
    Two of the above
    Three of the above
    All of the above

  4. Harnoncourt's description of a Palladio villa as "petrified music" implies that:

    the villa reads like a musical score.
    the villa's design is archaic.
    musicians prefer the acoustical properties of the villa.
    the villa employs proportions like those in music.

  5. Palladio's use of the harmonic mean was likened to this fugue in:

    the problem of tuning keyboard instruments.
    the rhythmic values of its subject.
    the scalar passages connecting fugal episodes.
    the melodic inversion of the counterexposition.

  6. A Bach fugue and Palladio villa are alike insofar as they both employ:

    • dramatic motifs.
    • well-tempered means.
    • economical materials.
    • a mathematical mien.

    One of the above
    Two of the above
    Three of the above
    All of the above

  7. Musica Mundana means:

    mundane music.
    music of mortals.
    music by Madonna.
    music of the spheres.

  8. The theory of Musica Mundana originated with:

    Plato
    Kepler
    Plotinus
    Pythagorus
    Philo of Alexandria

  9. Palladio and Bach believed that quality in a work of art was related to its goodness, which depended upon the extent to which the work was:

    reflective of a divine order.
    constructed of simple materials.
    governed by temporal and biological cycles.
    proportioned according to the golden mean.

  10. With which of the following statements would Bach have agreed?

    • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    • Beauty "happens" in the relationship of parts to the whole.
    • Beauty connects the physical world with the metaphysical.
    • Beauty requires consonance of the creation with the created order.

    One of the above
    Two of the above
    Three of the above
    All of the above
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