Bach's Violin Ciaccona in America

by Raymond Erickson

First published in EMAg, the magazine of Early Music America (2020)

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On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind - Johannes Brahms, June 1877

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