ddray wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:23 am
Smudger5150 wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:11 am
But I've never understood why the Chaconne has such reverence amongst the CG community in that I think it's just 'ok'.
I think it's a glorious composition...on the violin. It just doesn't sound convincing on guitar to me. As we discussed it sounds even worse on piano and I don't even want to think about listening to an orchestration of it.
The Chaconne has reverence among so many guitarists for reasons already mentioned about Bach's other music:
- many guitarists love Bach's music
- naturally many want to play his music on the instrument they play best
- the Chaconne is acknowledged by musicians of all sorts to be one of his greatest compositions for any solo instrument
- clearly many people like the Chaconne on guitar judging by how (for example) popular it is on YouTube. Interestingly my former teacher's version is one of if not the most watched interpretation (2.4 million views): https://youtu.be/JNEnzNHTkd8
I agree the Chaconne sounds amazing on violin too, especially played by Itzhak Perlman but for different reasons: his melodic tone is incredibly moving & to die for but the guitar has the edge in the arpeggiated and dense chordal sections in my opinion given that they lie so much more naturally on our most chordal of instruments.