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Chaconne

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Leipzig
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The Concert

The monumental Chaconne in D minor at the close of the second partita occupies a special place in the cycle, not only because it is the fifth movement, but also – especially, even – because it is a variation. In 256 bars, an eight-bar theme in the bass part undergoes 32 variations – a length unheard of in a solo work. In 1853, Robert Schumann composed piano accompaniments for all violin sonatas and partitas by Bach. A cooperation between Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and Bach-Archiv Leipzig.

The Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Chaconne d-Moll
aus: Partita d-Moll, BWV 1004

Chaconne d-Moll
arranged for violin and piano by Robert Schumann

The Musicians

Sebastian Breuninger, Violine
Michael Schönheit, Hammerflügel (Blüthner, 1857)

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