Canal March

Bach's Violin Chaconne

Francisco García Fullana, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne, from the Violin Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV 1004

When hardly anyone still composed chaconnes, Bach decides to include one in his Partita for Violin No. 2. Monumental for many reasons (it represents a challenge for performers in that it treats the violin as if it were a polyphonic instrument), Bach’s “Chaconne” could be tombeau, a lament for the death of his first wife. This idea is underlined by the fact that the Cantata BWV 4, titled “Christ lag in Todesbanden”, is cited throughout the work’s 32 variations.

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