Essay on Bach Chaconne D Minor

1828 Words May 12th, 2006 8 Pages
J.S. Bach is quite possibly the most respected composer of any time period. His compositions continue to be performed today because of their untimely beauty as well as the incredible technical ability one gains from playing such works. They not only challenge the performer technically but conceal a wealth of musical complexity which appeals to any musician regardless of their ability because it can be appreciated by individuals on various levels of musical understanding. The Partita no. 2 in d minor is only one of these masterpieces produced by J.S Bach. The partita for solo violin consists of five movements; Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, and Chaconne. The Chaconne is the last of the five movements of the partita and is …show more content…
In the next variation the patter returns to the bass voice. Another substantial alteration to the variation sequence can be found in the twelfth variation in measure forty nine. Here the pattern changes and the C # is not present in the descending pattern. Now it has altered to D, C, B flat, A. This variation also marks the movement of direction in the work where it becomes much more linear. There is a clear difference between where the movement started and the direction in which it has moved. By this point rolled chords are no longer present and it seems as though Bach is writing in a much more linear fashion. These lyrical moving lines continue to press the piece forward until measure eighty nine where the rolled chords return. Coincidentally it is also at this point in which the C# is reintroduced to the reoccurring descending pattern. It is almost as though it is reminiscent of the beginning of the piece but utilizing quarter and eighth note movement rather than quicker dotted rhythms. Not only does Back take a more relaxed approach with the rhythm but he throws a surprise into the twenty third variation. Here for the first time in the movement the bass line is melodic. In the thirty first variation the theme returns, this also marks the half way point in the movement. The return of the theme also leads the piece into the next variation which also sets up direction