Questions on Fugue No. 19
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
by Johann Sebastian Bach
©1999 Timothy A. Smith

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  1. Which famous pianist called the Well-Tempered Clavier, "the work of all works"?


  2. How many double fugues are there in book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier?


  3. The interlocking skips of this fugue exemplify the technique of:


  4. The word "fugue" has its origin in:

    the Bible.
    Milton's Paradise Lost.
    Italian music.

  5. In Divine Comedy, Dante associates the word fuga with caccia, which means:

    a chase.
    a hunting horn.
    a flight.
    a canon.

  6. "Pursued transverse the resonant fugue" in book XI of Milton's Paradise Lost most likely refers to:

    God's harmony being like a composer's.
    God's pursuit of humans.
    temperance and moderation.
    carnal love.

  7. In Dante, the word fuga implies:

    no musical connotation.
    imitative polyphony.
    incomparable sadness.
    polished terza rima.

  8. If the Divine Comedy begins in hell and ends in heaven, Paradise Lost:

    begins and ends, like a fugue, on the tonic.
    begins and ends on earth.
    begins in heaven and ends in hell.
    begins in Paradise and ends in a maze.

  9. Bach is a consummate contrapuntist because:

    • he fathered twenty children.
    • his art is universal.
    • he balanced the vertical and horizontal.

    All of the above apply.
    One of the above does not apply.
    Two of the above do not apply.

  10. The author takes the view that Milton's application of the fugal model (moderation and proportionality) to the bed:

    • is a comparison that Bach might have liked.
    • espouses a puritan ethic.
    • is not puritanical, but artful.

    All of the above are true.
    Two of the above are true.
    Two of the above are false.
    All of the above are false.
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