Questions on Fugue No. 23
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
by Johann Sebastian Bach
©1999 Timothy A. Smith

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  1. The comparison of this fugue with Monet's series paintings makes the following point(s):

    • The works of both men contain numerous redundancies.
    • Bach's music planted the seeds of Impressionism.
    • Both artists pay tribute to their religious traditions.
    • Both artists treat their subjects, in series, with variation.

    one of the above
    two of the above
    three of the above
    all of the above

  2. Which of the following statements is true of Bach's and Monet's technique?

    Both employ changes of mode.
    Both employ mirror inversions.
    Both employ invertible counterpoint.
    None of the above.
    More than one of the above.

  3. Bach has employed tonal variation between subject entries in which of the following pairs of measures?

    mm. 1-2 and mm. 5-6
    mm. 11-12 and mm. 21-22
    mm. 16-17 and mm. 24-25
    mm. 29-30 and mm. 31-32

  4. Bach has employed modal variation between subject entries in which of the following pairs of measures?

    mm. 3-4 and mm. 7-8
    mm. 16-17 and mm. 24-25
    mm. 18-19 and mm. 20-21
    mm. 29-30 and mm. 31-32

  5. The fifth pitch of the subject entry in m. 18 is:

    sol
    la
    ti
    do

  6. The fifth pitch of the subject entry in m. 20 is:

    sol
    la
    ti
    do

  7. What is unique about the subject entry that has been paired with a Monet detail featuring the most brilliant autumn colors?

    It is the only subject entry in minor mode.
    It is one of two inverted entries of the subject.
    It is the only subject entry in the key of the dominant.
    It is the only entry where the subject is beneath the countersubject.

  8. If Monet introduced variation by capturing the effects of light and shadow, Bach did the same thing by means of:

    • transposition.
    • changes of register.
    • contrapuntal inversion.
    • tonal and modal variation.

    one of the above
    two of the above
    three of the above
    all of the above

  9. Like Monet, we live in a time of political turmoil. Were we to apply his remedy, we might find solutions in:

    • the enjoyment of nature.
    • rural and agrarian values.
    • exercising the right to vote.
    • rolling back the tax cut for the wealthy.

    one of the above
    two of the above
    three of the above
    all of the above

  10. Ultimately, Monet and Bach were both about capturing a feeling, mood, or emotion. Which of the following is/are true?

    • Monet was an expressionist.
    • Bach's music expresses an Affekt.
    • Both men targeted the affective domain.
    • The artistry of both men is effective.

    one of the above
    two of the above
    three of the above
    all of the above
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