obsessed with a chaconne | a shout out to s.l. weiss


i have been listening <drifting to sleep mostly> to chaconne in g minor by silvius leopold weiss almost everyday for nearly two years now  / my overplayed chaconne playlist stats: 76 minutes, 9 different performers, 10 renditions – solo guitar, 4 guitars, 13-string guitar, alto guitar, lute and lute*flute*viol  \  it  is the last movement of weiss’s sonata #14 for lute and flute though only the lute part survives

weiss was a contemporary of bach, the sun that dimmed every other musician of his time \ thus weiss <and johannes hieronymus kapsberger, another muted star of the baroque period> are less known, less appreciated | bach is ferociously difficult to play on guitar for novices like me because he wrote music for the lautenwerk, a type of harpsichord / so transcribed to guitar, bach takes advanced skill to play \ whereas weiss and kapsberger, both accomplished lutenists and < innovators> wrote music for the lute, a cousin of the modern guitar

chaconne in g minor sounds modern to me / no, there’s nothing modern about it, it’s baroque, says my summer guitar guru \ but contrast it to any work by bach <whom i adore and is the original godlike genius> and i say chaconne in g minor is timeless / maybe it’s the medium <the classical guitar> that makes it sound modern at least to my ears and the most appropriate for this piece  / the lute for which it was written, clearly dates it and while some lament the loss of the flute part, i do not

david ratelle gives a flawless, heartfelt performance of this beautiful piece \  this is how i aspire to someday play it / two years listening to it hopefully would have embedded itself in my musical memory so that next summer i will be more than ready to take it on

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