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String Literature

MUS 116
Fall 2017
Bach Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV
1004
and
Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011

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Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
German
Baroque period

Bach was born into a musical family. He was the last of 8 children. His father
taught him early music theory and violin. At the age of 10, his parents died, and he
moved in with his brother, taking advantage of the variety of musical opportunites
he was able to offer.
Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV
1004
Completed in 1720
The Chaconne is the 5th and last movement of this partita.

Written for solo violin, though has been Has famously been transcribed for
arranged for many instruments, and orchestra by Leopold Stokowski.
accompaniment has been composed
Form and Notes
Chaconne
Slow dance in 3
Accent falls on beat 2
Usually in a minor key
Often a dotted rhythm
Theme and Variations using a very short subject
Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
d minor
Slow, in 3
Dotted rhythm
4 measure subject is D, C, Bb, A
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011
Completed in 1723
The first of six movements in this suite

Written for solo cello, though Bach It has been suggested that Bachs wife,
arranged it for lute, and nearly every Anna Magdalena Bach, wrote the cello
instrument has a version suites, though those have been largely
dismissed.
Form and Notes
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 5
c minor
French overture
AB form
Begins slowly and ends in a fugue
THE END