Chaconne in D Minor (tr. Whitwell)

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. David Whitwell)

General Info

Year: 1720 / 2015
Duration: c. 11:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Violin
Publisher: Maxime's Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The extraordinary Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004, exists as the fifth movement in an autograph partita for solo violin, dating from 1720. The scope of the work, and its homophonic style, has interested later composers, including Busoni, to arrange the music for piano. Like some other early works of Bach, it is often Romantic and chromatic.

Johannes Brahms, in a letter to Clara Schumann in June 1877, said about the Chaconne: "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."

- Program Note from publisher and score

One of the best known and most masterful and expressive examples of the chaconne is the final movement from the Violin Partita in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. This 256-measure chaconne takes a plaintive four-bar phrase through a continuous kaleidoscope of musical expression in both major and minor modes. However, recently it has been proposed that the form of Bach's "Ciaccona" (he used the Italian form of the name, rather than the French "Chaconne") is really cast in the form of a French theatrical dance known as the "passacaille", although it also incorporates Italian and German style features as well.

Raymond Erickson has identified approximately two hundred transcriptions and arrangements of Bach's Ciaccona.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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