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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
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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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Last weekend McCullough was in Scotland to watch Harrison's brilliant win against Argentina's Julio Pablo Chacon for the WBO featherweight title.
SCOTT HARRISON will be trying to show it is he, not Ricky Hatton, who deserves to be described as Britain's most exciting boxing talent when he fights Julio Pablo Chacon for the WBO featherweight title in Glasgow tonight, writes Bruce Millington.
"Faithful people come here from all over Bolivia, and also Peru, Argentina, and even Brazil," says Father Victor Chacon, a thirty-six-year-old priest who spends his weekends sprinkling holy water over the open hoods of cars, trucks, and buses.
Hernan Chacon, native of Ubeda and knight of the Order of Calatrava, wrote his short treatise on the art of riding with short stirrups in 1546, and saw it published five years later in Seville.