Little Fugue in G Minor

“Little Fugue In G Minor”

Clair A. Neamand
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Parkland High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments


High School


General Music


IMac computer, Korg DX5, Digital Performer, projection unit for the computer


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have some knowledge of reading music and the concept of musical form.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


IMac computer, Korg DX5, (or soft synth from the computer) projection unit for the computer, Speaker for the Korg synthesizer.


Students will be able to identify the form and structure of the Little Fugue In G Minor by J. S. Bach.
Students will learn the terms associated with the form of the fugue.


Using a sequencer allows the instructor to isolate examples of the fugue in a way that is impossible when audio CD and score.
Sequence the Little Fugue in G Minor by J. S. Bach into a sequencer. Each of the four voices should be sequenced on to a separate track. Using the sequencer, the students can follow the music in either the note editor or the graphic editor. After listening and following the music one or two times, write the terms associated with the fugue on the board (Subject, Countersubject, Answer, Exposition, Episode). By using the sequence, it is easy to solo the tracks to show each individual voice and to point out each section (Sub., C-Sub. etc.). It is also easy to begin at anywhere in the sequence to point out each section of the fugue. It is also possible to add markers in the sequence. The names of the markers will reflect each example of the fugue in the sequence.


Ask each student to use the sequencer to find each section of the fugue. The students should be able to explain the terms associated with the fugue and be able to point them out in the music.

Follow Up:

Choose one or two other fugues for the sutdents to analyze on their own.

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