• Xavier Montsalvatge
  • Desintegración Morfológica de la Chacona de J. S. Bach (1963)

  • Unión Musical Ediciones (World)
  • 2+pic.2.2+bcl.2+cbn4230timp.3perc.2xylstr
  • 22 min

Programme Note

Composer note:

The stated purpose of this piece is to put the famous Ciaccona from Partita II in d-minor within a new context and restructure it, having previously taken it apart harmonically, tonally and dynamically in search of new and unfamiliar sounds, always derived from the Ciaccona’s substratum. It is not meant to be another set of variations, or even less a simple re-orchestration of the original for violin solo, but rather an in-depth look into the living and ever-present mystery that seems to be at the heart of all of Bach’s music governed by classical coordinates. The piece opens with the first chords of the Ciaccona with its original harmony; but from this point on there is a gradual move away from all of that until we finally reach a complete disintegration. Then, in the last few bars, it returns to the genuine reality of the score.

— Xavier Montsalvatge

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