Report Chaconne - understanding it for the first time makes one humble in The Fingerboard Posted September 29, 2018 Back some time ago, a violinist gave a recital of the Bach Partita 2, all movements, including the Chaconne. The first 4 movements were a smarmy indulgence in "look at me," with lots of extraneous body movements, rubato. The player seemed to be displaying themself more than the music. Then the player got to the Chaconne and a transformation occurred. The extraneous body movements disappeared along with the rubato, and the player just stood there, playing what Bach wanted, nothing more. The player's Chaconne was mesmerizing and completely swept you away. The Chaconne made an honest musician out of that performer instead of the self-indulgent performer of the first 4 movements. The Chaconne is too hard and mentally demanding to play any other way.