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|Alternative. Title||for Violin and Piano (with optional 2nd violin)|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1991|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||4-5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||violin (or 2 violins), piano|
The chaconne is a very familiar form to everybody, whether you know it or not, because every piece of popular music ever written is a chaconne...
The issue for the composer is to make a line on top that is interesting and fluid enough that you might not even know that it was a chaconne. [In this work,] the chord pattern repeats seven times, which sort of restricts the violinist. There is a middle section where both the violinist and pianist can really get into a conversation with one another, and then it drifts back into the chaconne. Of course getting back to something is always the composer's dilemma because it has to sound like it really wants to get back there.
– W. Jay Sydeman