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The Bach Ciaccona (aka Chaconne) is the last movement of the Suite or Partita
in D minor for solo violin. Although it is a dance in the form of
a theme in variations, musicians familiar with this masterpiece
would think of it as the extraordinary development of musical and
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750) reached the apex of music in the Baroque period. He
was both a religious person and had a strong belief in numerology.
Both of these aspects of his life are incorporated in the Chaconne.
A movement that will never be duplicated, the Bach
Chaconne has dimensions, which are of unusual interest. Bach
used a four-note idea and developed a simple four-note descending
scale in a way that is virtually beyond the imagination and technical
ability of any composer, who has ever lived.
Based on a four-note descending scale, Lewis Kaplan
refers to the Chaconneas Music, God and Numbers.
He presents the work in a highly unique performance and seminar.
Lewis Kaplan has presented this performance worldwide,
including in London, the Royal College
of Music and The Royal Academy,
numerous cities in Germany, Austria, Spain, Israel, Japan and much
of the United States - including an annual performance at The Juilliard
The Bach Chaconne: God, Music, and Numbers
A Performance and Lecture by Lewis Kaplan
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