Chords and Melodic Lines in Bach’s Chaconne (opening) | Violin Lounge TV #407

by | Feb 10, 2021 | Bowing Technique, Practice Tips, Repertoire | 4 comments

Tips on the chords and melodic lines in the opening of the Chaconne from partita no 2 for solo violin BWV 1004 by JS Bach:

In performing Bach’s chaconne there are roughly three styles:

(and in reality of course endless possibilities)

#1 Play every chord in full

A bit old fashioned and romantic way in which you play very thick chords.

#2 Let mainly the upper two notes ring

Play the chord and maintain the double stop of the two upper notes after that.

#3 Break the chord quickly and maintain the top note

This is great for letting the melody stand out, but it also has it’s disadvantages.

In the video above I demonstrate all three ways and explain their pros and cons.

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‘Geen dag zonder Bach’ we say in Dutch, which means ‘no day without Bach’ and I almost live that way.

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4 Comments

  1. Geoffrey Grimes

    Hi Zlata I.love your videos this one is far too hard for me but I Love your.explanations and playing Geoff

    Reply
  2. Elizabeth

    Very instructional thank you. Chords are sure difficult. Orchestra piece I am zooming is by Bolougne with relatively easy 3 note chord C#D open D. The higher sound is so tiny.

    Reply

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