Work: Partita for Violin solo no 2: Chaconne
About This Work
This work concludes the Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor and is the most labyrinthine and intellectually powerful single movement ever devised for an unaccompanied string instrument. This is Bach's famous
"Ciaccona"), a colossal arched series of 64 stunning variants upon the stark, open-ended four-measure phrase heard at the beginning. Two monumental outer sections in the minor enclose a major-key central episode, and this great structure encompasses every aspect of violin-playing technique and contrapuntal ingenuity that would have been known in Bach's day. The Chaconne, whose duration exceeds 15 minutes (and is thus longer than the rest of the work put together) is often performed as a free-standing movement and has also been widely transcribed for other instruments.
- Michael Jameson
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