Partita No. 2

Partita No. 2

Partita No. 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Jacques Rouvier's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Subtitles are available in French, English, Japanese, Korean Music sheet annotated by  Jacques  Rouvier  is available 25 min Piano

In this session, pianist Jacques Rouvier and his student Julien Braidi work on guiding and determining the trajectory of the piece.

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About this masterclass

Jacques Rouvier and his student Julien Braidi work on developing a musical trajectory and playing expressively. In addition, the pair works on more technical aspects such as playing with a good posture, fingering, and creating a deeper sound by applying more pressure on the keys through the fingertips. 

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Developing and following a trajectory.

  2. Playing expressively. 

  3. Diction and articulation. 

  4. Maintaining good posture. 

  5. Intonation. 

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.”

  • Date:13 February 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:25 min
  • Spoken language:French
  • Subtitle languages: French, English, Japanese, Korean

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this piano masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jacques Rouvier’s feedback and comments.

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Jacques Rouvier

Jacques  Rouvier

He won two Premiers Prix (first prizes): in piano performance (1965) In chamber music (1967).

Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles into a family of musicians. He attended the CNSMD in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse), where he was taught by Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, and Jean Hubeau. He won first prizes in both piano and chamber music. Rouvier then decided to broaden his knowledge about wind section and leading orchestra at the CNSMD too. He owes much to Pierre Barbizet and Jean Fassina. Rouvier won several competitions such as the “Giovan Battista Viotti” International Music Competition, Maria Canal International Music Competition, the European Broadcasting Union Competition, the Long-Thibaud Competition, and the Competition of the Fondation de la Vocation. In 1970, he founded the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller trio, with whom he still performs regularly.

Since 1979, he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris and at the Berlin University of the Arts.


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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