J. S. Bach: Chaconne Handbook (I-II) - Márta Ábrahám
J. S. Bach: Chaconne Handbook (I-II) - Márta Ábrahám

J. S. Bach: Chaconne Handbook (I-II) - Márta Ábrahám


A Theoretical and Practical guide to the Chaconne from Johann Sebastian Bach`s Partita in d-minor BWV 1004

This new two-volume publication by the Hungarian violinist Márta Ábrahám covers decades of research. The Chaconne Handbook offers a theoretical and practical guide to J. S. Bach's most popular violin work, the Chaconne (BWV 1004). The easy-to-use, clear, and comprehensive publication (book and sheet music) significantly facilitates the learning, interpretation, and performance of the Chaconne.


Handbook Volume I

This Handbook guides the reader into a previously unknown inner world of the Chaconne. The investigation discusses the history of the manuscript and editions of the Sonata-Partita cycle and examines in detail the theme, form, and symbolism of the Chaconne. The comprehensive analysis reveals the connections and hidden dimensions of the work's 64 variations intertwining into a unified musical network.

Márta Ábrahám's unique analysis sheds new light on the meaning of the Chaconne. In addition to revealing the internal structure of the piece, it also illuminates the deeper possibilities for interpretation of the musical context related to Bach's personal life events.

The Chaconne’s pattern or “code” smoothly embedded into the structure is an artefact of musical historical significance. The Handbook contains numerous musical examples, illustrations, and tables which demonstrate the logic and order of the musical relationships and explain the symbolism of the form. The theory conclusively clarifies the close relationship between the creation of the Chaconne and the death of Maria Barbara Bach, which had for a long time only been assumed by scholars and practitioners.


Volume II (score)

The score of the Chaconne Handbook is uniquely designed sheet music created by Colorful BACH. The independent voices of the polyphonic texture are differentiated by the use of colour.  As if in a full orchestral score, the four-bar staves are vertically aligned and rhythmically synchronised. This presentation greatly facilitates visual orientation, as the musical processes within the Chaconne’s variations can be more clearly followed.


Product properties
Number of pages 64
ISMN 979-0-801682-38-3
ISMN 979-0-801682-37-6
Publisher: BioBach-Music Book and Music Publishing LP. 2023

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485 g/pcs
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