Partita No. 2, 5th movement

Partita No. 2, 5th movement

Partita No. 2, 5th movement

Johann Sebastian Bach

Boris Garlitsky's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Music sheet annotated by  Boris Garlitsky  is available 58 min Violin

Professor Boris Garlitsky helps his student Albina Khaibullina refine her playing by examining intonation, chords, double stops, and more.

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The masterclass

About this violin masterclass 

In this masterclass, Professor Boris Garlitsky aids student Albina Khaibullina in finding a more accurate and soloistic voice in the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2. As a work for solo violin, the student must pay close attention to intonation so that the chords and double stops are in tune. The movement is in the form of a variation, thus the soloist must always be aware of the theme and work towards emphasizing it, even when the technical aspect gets more complex. Garlitsky encourages the student to always ‘lead somewhere’ with the music, particularly when phrases are repeated more than twice. He also advocates for extreme dynamics and sound

production, rather than remaining in a mezzo forte range. He pushes her to produce a rendition of this piece that sounds less like practice and more like a performance that evokes emotion from the listener.

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Avoiding sharp intonation.

  2. Varying repeated phrases.

  3. Having a performance mindset rather than a practice one.

  4. Playing with extreme dynamics.

  5. Bringing out the theme and the harmony. 

Partita No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach

J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 was composed between 1717 and 1720 as part of a collection of works for solo violin. Some believe the piece was in memory of his wife, Maria Barbara Bach, who passed away in 1720, although there is no clear evidence for this. The first four movements of the work are Baroque dance types: Allemande, Corrente, Sarabanda, and Gigue. Each of them is in a minor key and requires technical dexterity. However, the piece is most famous for its fifth and final movement, the legendary Chaconne. Nearly the same length as the other four movements combined, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest compositions ever written for violin. The Chaconne consists of more than sixty variations over a repeated bass line, and calls for remarkable expressiveness, intonation, and virtuosity. Performers and scholars have called the Chaconne “one of the greatest achievements of any man in history” and “a triumph of spirit over matter such as even Bach never repeated in a more brilliant manner.”

  • Composer: Bach
  • Piece:Partita No. 2, 5th movement
  • Professor: Boris Garlitsky
  • Student:Albina Khaibullina
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:28 October 2020
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:58 min
  • Spoken language:English
Boris Garlitsky

Boris Garlitsky

You are accompanied by silence, therefore you must play with the accompaniment of this silence.

Boris Garlitsky

Sheet music

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Boris Garlitsky

Boris Garlitsky

In 1982 he was the winner of the Premio Paganini in Italy.

Born in Russia, Boris Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists, “Step by Step”. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory, and debuted as a soloist after winning the Italian Paganini Competition in 1982. Since then, he has played, among others, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Garlitsky is an active participant in several international music festivals. He regularly participates in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. What’s more, Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France, as well as a number of radio stations in Italy, Russia, and the United States. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie. Furthermore, Garlitsky is devoted to chamber music and is a member of the Hermitage String Trio, praised highly in critical reviews.

Presently, Garlitsky is a dedicated educator. He holds a chair at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany), and offers masterclasses on a yearly basis at the most renowned music institutions, including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, and Kronberg Academy.


Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in music history. His incredible creative power, technical mastery, and intellect have made a lasting impression not only on classical music but also on many different modern music genres we know today.

Born in 1685 in Eisenach, Germany, Bach was a member of a very well-known family of musicians. At 18-years-old, he began working in Arnstadt where he accompanied hymns at church. His professional career as a musician would follow in Weimar, where he resided from 1708 to 1717. Here, Bach would deepen his theoretical study of composition and write most of his organ works. Moreover, he composed preludes and fugues that would be part of his collection The Well-Tempered Clavier. After building a considerable reputation in Weimar, Bach moved to Köthen to take a new role as Chapel Master. Writing less religious songs and putting more of a focus on chamber music, his compositions from this time would bring Baroque instrumental music to its pinnacle.

From 1723 until his death in 1750, Bach worked in Leipzig. First, as Thomaskantor at the Thomasschule and later as a private tutor and director of the Collegium Musicum. During this time, Bach worked on creating a repertoire of cantatas for church and revised many of his previous compositions. From 1726 onward, his keyboard works were published. His death in 1750 came to mark the end of the Baroque period and the beginning of Classicism. For many years after his passing, Johann Sebastian Bach’s works were buried with him until they resurfaced many years later and celebrated for their musical ingenuity.

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