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In May 2017 the book and CD of Barnabás Dukay and Márta Ábrahám Excerpts from Eternity was published. The book is a detailed analysis of the structure of J. S. Bach’s renowned Ciaccona for violin, and even more…
Reviews: “A new approach to Bach’s solo violin works has been revealed.” Bokor Gabriella – www.papageno.hu
“Excerpts from Eternity is an enormously detailed analytical study which I found fascinating to read. Since the book is so detailed it takes a long time to get through it all. However, I think that musicians who have the patience and the proper background will benefit greatly. I myself found the poster synopsis of Ciaccona particularly informative. I have never looked at the piece in such a way. To have the entire scheme of 4-measure variations in front of you is a true eye and ear opening experience. The book illuminates beautifully both the great complexity of Bach’s compositional work and the unparalleled elegance of his musical language.” Christoph Wolff – Harvard University Department of Music , Adams University Professor, Emeritus
“The book ‘Excerpts from Eternity’ by Barnabás Dukay and Márta Ábrahám is a fascinating reading from beginning to the end and it leads the reader toward the central order of unification.” Dr. Salamon Kamp – president of Hungarian Bach Society
“Amazing book, research and presentation! This is a reference book, reading material for life. I will definitely return to it, discovering further layers of this masterpiece. Bravi!!!” Hagai Shaham violinist, professor of Tel Aviv University
“The text seems … like a lamplight suddenly falling onto a cathedral built from notes it leads us towards an understanding of its substance. On the enclosed CD Márta Ábrahám’s mature, deeply thought-out playing reveals the order that lies within the Partita in D minor and its concluding Ciaccona – undisturbed by any momentary caprice, general flourishes or ingrained habit.” Fülöp Ránki – pianist
“In their writing they point out not only musical but also art-historical points of interest and discoveries.” Gabriella Bokor www.papageno.hu
“Barnabás Dukay and Márta Ábrahám carried out an exciting analysis in their book which resulted in an impressive dissertation which is quite innovative by international standards too.” Zoltán Péter – www.kortarsonline.hu
“The recording of Márta Ábrahám’s performance of the Partita provides a great resource for reading the notes of the music in a „multidimensional” way.” Katalin Fittler – www.gramofon.hu
It is true, one does not judge a composition principally and predominantly by the impression of its performance. But if such judgement, which indeed may be deceiving, is not to be considered, I see no other way of judging than to view the work as it has been set down in notes.
Ciaccona is the Everest of violinist.
The Ciaccona is the greatest structure for solo violin that exists.