When playing the final note in Bach's Chaconne for solo violin, at least the way Arthur Grumiaux performed it during the 1960s (heard on a recording), it's an open D string and then a fingered D on the G string, it's not played with any vibrato on the fingered D. Is that a pretty much universal practice?

2 Answers 2


Well, there is no other way to play these notes on a violin. And about vibrato: In early music reception it is widely accepted that vibrato would have been used similar to some kind of ornament and not in the modern manner of a wide, continuous vibrato. So it is usually considered good practise to use vibrato sparely in baroque music.


In addition to Lazy's answer: If the question is "why is it played as a unison double-stop," that's because it's notated that way by Bach.

enter image description here

This is less because he necessarily wanted the sound of a double stop and more for reasons of counterpoint. The preceding chord is a double stop of an E above an A, and he wants to show them as two "voices" converging on the D.

  • 1
    In other words, it's final "notes," not final "note."
    – phoog
    Mar 6, 2022 at 20:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.