3.23.19, 4 PM – A Journey through Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas with Nicholas Kitchen

Nicholas Kitchen, violin Bach Around the Clock 2019 Staunton VA

Violinist Nigel Armstrong‘s performance of  Bach’s monumental Chaconne from the Violin Partita No. 2 sets up a fascinating journey – led by the Heifetz Institute’s new Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen – via projections of Bach’s own manuscripts – of the six solo Sonatas and Partitas for violin.  Says Kitchen:

Every single movement of the Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo is a testament to Bach’s overflowing creative expressive energy and ingenuity for what can be done by an individual instrument.  But it seems that this set of six pieces held enough interest for Bach that he brought some of his architectural creativity to creating interconnections within the cycle of six.  Even if these were incidental details they would be interesting, but true to Bach’s glorious capacities, these details are not just clever on a small scale but add to an enormous emotional wave that is created in the cycle of six pieces.

“The obvious crest of this wave is the section of music that includes the monumental Chaconne of the Partita No. 2 and the Adagio and Fugue of the Sonata No. 3.  There is no more audacious creation for solo violin than this trio of movements and they form the top of the arch emotionally for the set of six works.”

You’ll be able to follow along on this fascinating journey via the large projection screen, as Nicholas Kitchen samples various movements and perform this emotional peak of the Sonatas and Partitas.


Nigel Armstrong, violin

Nicholas Kitchen, violin

Performances to include:

Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004



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