Bach, Chaconne in D Minor

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The extraordinary Chaconne exists as the fifth movement in an autograph Partita for solo violin, dating from 1720. Like some other early works of Bach, it is often Romantic and chromatic.

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Cha­conne in D Minor
Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach (1685–1750)
Arranged by David Whitwell (1937–)

Year: 1720
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dura­tion: 8:50
Lev­el: 5

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Notes on the Bach Chaconne

The extra­or­di­nary Cha­conne exists as the fifth move­ment in an auto­graph Par­ti­ta for solo vio­lin, dat­ing from 1720. The scope of the work, and its homo­phon­ic style, has inter­est­ed lat­er com­posers, includ­ing Busoni, to arrange the music for piano. Like some oth­er ear­ly works of Bach, it is often Roman­tic and chromatic.

Johannes Brahms, in a let­ter to Clara Schu­mann in June 1877, said about the Chaconne:

On one stave, for a small instru­ment, the man writes a whole world of the deep­est thoughts and most pow­er­ful feel­ings. If I imag­ined that I could have cre­at­ed, even con­ceived the piece, I am quite cer­tain that the excess of excite­ment and earth-shat­ter­ing expe­ri­ence would have dri­ven me out of my mind.