Sunday, November 09, 2014

Bach's Chaconne: Quotes

Violinist Joshua Bell describes the Chaconne as "not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It's a spiritually powerful piece - emotionally powerful, structurally perfect."

Composer Johannes Brahms said of the piece: "The Chaconne is one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music. On a single staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings. If I were to imagine how I might have made, conceived the piece, I know for certain that the overwhelming excitement and awe would have driven me mad."

According to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the Chaconne is "the greatest structure for solo violin that exists."

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