4. Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Some doubts have been raised about whether the second partita was in fact composed by Bach. Some suggest it was Maria Barbara Bach. his first wife, who had composed it or at least the Ciaccona (last movement). The Chaconne is, if not the most played, one of Bach's most played pieces. It is difficult to include all of its' most notable arrangements by they include the following for violin and piano: August Wilhelmj, Felix Mendelssohn, and Schumann. For piano: Ferruccio Busoni, Joachim Raff and Johannes Brahms. Two violins: Friedrich Hermann. Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski. Some stylistic and technical remarks by Emil Kross - Gigue: Dance-measure in 6/8 (12/16) even 3/8 time of which there are two forms: the lively, English one, and the more measured Italian. The name is supposed to have been derived from the word Geige. The dance-time only consisted of two parts of eight bars each, but the art-form is not limited to a particular number of bars. Chacone: An old dance of Basque origin in 3/4 time with an ever recurring theme of 4 or 8 bars. In Bach's Chacone the theme of eight bars is carried through a number of variations.
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