More on the Chaconne… May 3rd, 2017

I neglected to mention that Bach is believed to have composed the Chaconne after the death of his first wife, Maria Barbara. Which might explain the anguish.

I’ve chosen here James Rhodes’s performance of the Busoni transcription for piano. It’s a bit messy in parts, but still pretty good. I’ve become a fan, through his YouTube videos (in particular his playing of the second movement of Beethoven’s Opus 109), his book Instrumental, and (I confess) his humorous tweets.

 

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