Reflection and Analysis of Chaconne from Partita in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Performed by The Eroica Trio

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My musical selection was Chaconne from Partita in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by The Eroica Trio. I listened to this piece, lasting fourteen minutes and forty-eight seconds, through the online classical music library. This piece was composed in 1720 during the Baroque Era and exhibits many features characteristic of Baroque music, which will be analyzed later in this paper. This chaconne is considered to be one of the most intense pieces of music Bach ever wrote, according to the La Jolla Music Society. In order to fully understand this piece a variety of information will be presented including a synopsis of Bach’s life, background on the piece, a listening chart for this chaconne, the events occurring in society that impacted music and art in the Baroque Era and an analysis of the composition with reference to typical Baroque musical characteristics. In order to understand his music, it is important to overview Bach’s life and the affect he had on the musical realm. Music was the obvious career for Johann Sebastian Bach as he was born to a family of musicians, extending back several generations. According to the book, A History of Baroque Music, by George Beulow, “No other composer had as unique a family lineage, which extended from the sixteenth into the early nineteenth century, with more than fifty Bachs who were actively engaged in the music profession” (Beulow, 503). Johann’s father was the town musician and taught him how to play violin. At a

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