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J.S. Bach's Chaconne for Classical Guitar - Music, Tab and Sheet Music

Updated on June 1, 2012


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of the greatest composers of all time. His death in 1750 is generally considered to be the end of the Baroque era in music history. One of his most famous works is the Chaconne (Ciaccona) from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor. This is one of the most difficult pieces in the Violin repertoire. It has since been transposed to the Classical Guitar.

Here are recordings of two world famous musicians (Julian Bream and Itzhak Perlman) playing Bach's Chaconne on the Guitar and Violin. The piece is so long that videos of it are normally broken into two parts.

Transcription to Guitar

One of the motivations for transcribing the piece to guitar was to demonstrate that such substantial pieces could be played on the instrument. If you are interested in playing this piece, then my advice is simple: good luck! It is long and difficult. More seriously, here are links to both the tab and the standard notation for the piece. You will need that, as well as lot of patience!

Recordings of Bach's Chaconne


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      Ari Lamstein 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      @Adolfo, do you mean their transcriptions, or videos of them playing?

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      Adolfo Samudio 5 years ago

      This article could be improved by including John William's and Andrés Segovia's versions on Classical Guitar.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Ari Lamstein, What elucidating, excellent, masterful renditions of the Bach chaconne on guitar and violin! Although the guitar version impressed me, it's difficult for me to put a performance by Itzhak Perlman other than in first place (unless the other performer is Pinkas Zukerman, and then "Houston, we've got a problem").

      Thank you, voted up + all,