Bach Chaconne

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Tonight, a concert in Manhattan examines ‘The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne.’ – a musical form that has been around for many centuries. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, J.S. Bach tackled this popular and hypnotic musical structure-- and the result made history. Here is the next Fishko Files…

The New York Society for Ethical Culture presents “The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne” at 7:30 PM tonight. The program will feature Bach’s piece and many more.  For tickets and more information, visit this website.



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Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Assistant Producer: Laura Mayer
Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Comments [3]

Michael Pepe from Queens, NY

Although I didn’t know the Bach Chaconne by name, the tune sounded familiar to me when I downloaded a copyright-free version of it to use as a soundtrack for my sixth grade students animation projects last July. I thought the emotional weight of the music offered a nice counterbalance to the playful artwork created by the 11 and 12 year-olds. While watching the Turner Classic Movie channel a short time later, I saw the 1946 movie, The Beast with Five Fingers, which Sara Fishko referenced in her segment. Once again the Chaconne sounded familiar but it took a few moments before I realized that it was the same music I used for the animation projects. And then just a couple of weeks ago, I sat in my parked car to listen to the end of Fishko’s thorough, yet concise history of the Chaconne, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It’s funny how you can be introduced to something that you where previously oblivious to, and then it’s in your face, or ears, everywhere you go. To see one of the seven animation projects created by my 6th graders, look here: You’ll find a few other animations along with the other six “Chaconne projects” here:

Oct. 14 2012 04:01 PM
Frank Matheis from Pawling, NY

One of the best short radio pieces I have ever heard.
Not only very incisive musicology but poetic scripting and captivating delivery.
Sara Fishko is one of the very best radio musicologists, on just here in New York but worldwide.

It was simply captivating. I was enthralled all day long.

Oct. 05 2012 02:14 PM

Wish I had something more interesting say than, "Phenomenal segment!" I consistently Sara Fishko's pieces to be some of the most interesting I encounter on any subject via any medium.

Oct. 04 2012 08:01 AM

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