2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Vitali: Chaconne in G Minor
Shantay R. Guyton
Dr. Samuel McClure, Faculty Mentor

Vitalis chaconne is the only out of Vitalis few compositions being regularly performed today. It is an example of a specific form of writing, the chaconne. A chaconne is a piece that uses a simple harmonic progression as the basis for a series of following variations. Essentially, this piece is a theme and variations off of the theme. The harmonic pattern is four descending chords. G,F,E, and D. These chords are the foundation of every single variation that follows thereafter. There is however, no original manuscript for this piece, so there is wonder of whether Vitali actually wrote this piece himself or if it was popularized and written by a composer in the 19th century. This is a debate that is still unresolved, but either way, it has become standard in violin soloist repertoire today.

Keywords: Vitali, violin, performance

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 38-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 2:00

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