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1. a musical form consisting of a set of continuous variations upon a ground bass
2. Archaic a dance in slow triple time probably originating in Spain



an old dance. The chaconne originated in the late 16th century and acquired its characteristic stately, majestic quality in the 17th century. It is danced in a slow tempo, in ¾ time. J. B. Lully used chaconnes as concluding pieces in his ballets.

In the 17th and 18th centuries the chaconne developed as an instrumental piece with a theme repeated in the bass, in a manner similar to the passacaglia. A chaconne for violin with bass attributed to T. Vitali and the chaconne from J. S. Bach’s Partita in D Minor for Unaccompanied Violin became especially popular. Many pieces have been composed in the chaconne form, including Beethoven’s 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor for Piano. Composers of the 17th and 18th centuries used the chaconne form in opera finales.

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In rehearsal, she talks about inhabiting other worlds--"the world of Serenade" or "the world of Chaconne.
The orchestra gives its final performance of the season this week, featuring Dietrich Buxtehude's Chaconne in E Minor arranged by Carlos Chavez; Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No.
One favourite that never changes is my father's recording of the Chaconne from the D major Partita by Bach.
Add to all that the curious intensity of Colin Matthews' Elegiac Chaconne, the rather beautifully Romantic moments in Anthony Gilbert's Quartet of Beasts and an expert interpretation of Oliver Knussen's challenging Processionals and Hesketh's vision worked strangely well.
Limon's Chaconne, danced by Bradley Shelver to the music of Bach, gave us technique rather than emotion, the reverse perhaps of the composer's achievements.
After last year's Impressions of Africa concert at the arts centre, Williams will this time be introducing music from a variety of Venezuelan composers in an intimate solo recital which will also feature JS Bach's Chaconne and works by Sculthorpe and Granados.
More baroque music came with Handel's G minor Organ Concerto, Paul Charman bringing appropriate registrations and crisp delivery to the solo part, the orchestra accompanying alertly, and Charman giving a spirited rendition of Buxtehude's rather jokey Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne (but what a horribly jarring intrusion from the mightiest pipes at the end).
They include such staples as the Mozart Concerti and the famous Bach Chaconne from the Partita No.
It also includes Limon's The Moor's Pavane and Chaconne, plus Kylian's Evening Songs.
Also on the program are Buxtehude's Chaconne in E Minor, arranged by Carlos Chavez, and Bruckner's Symphony No.
Dance fans will be delighted to see the inclusion on the programme of Chaconne, a piece by Mexican Jose Limon, seen by many as a pioneer of modern dance.
The programme includes Franz Waxman's arrangement of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No 1, his Fantasia on Tristan and Isolde and the Chaconne from Red Violin by Corigliano, which was Joshua Bell's encore at the London Proms.