Second Violin Chaconne

Mari Lee, violin

  • Written in 1717
  • Live recorded May 15, 2021
  • 14 min 33 sec

This is the fifth movement of the Partita in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004) by Johann Sebastian Bach was written between 1717 and 1720. It is a part of his compositional cycle called Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

Brahms, in a letter to Clara Schumann in June 1877, said about the ciaccona: The Chaconne is for me one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music. 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.

This project was developed as part of the “CreArt Music Festival Web Experience Edition”. CreArtBox explored how to make “a music festival on a website”. With visual artists and dancers to present an interactive online program based around classical and contemporary repertoire for solo flute, piano, violin, cello, baritone and piano, and flute and piano.

Explore the festival here.

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