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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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The four Kerll pieces (Capriccio sopra'il cucu, Battaglia, Ciaccona, and Passacaglia) published in the Art of the Keyboard, 2C are extracted from Harris's collected edition, with two pages of introductory material.
To conclude, a brief look at one of the pieces in my special-affection category, the Ciaccona in C Minor (BuxWV 159).
30pm, 0121 303 2323); and Matthew Trusler, who is joined by the popular pianist (and organist, conductor and composer) Wayne Marshall at Birmingham University's Barber Institute on Wednesday in a programme including sonatas by Brahms and Grieg, Bartok's Tempo di Ciaccona and arrangements of music from Broadway (7.
Her most dramatic claim is that the Ciaccona from the Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, can be "read" as a musical epitaph for Maria Barbara Bach, who died shortly before the piece was written (Herbert Glossner, brochure notes); that argument is illustrated by the penultimate track on the disc, a simultaneous performance of that Ciaccona (played beautifully on baroque violin by Christoph Poppen) with selections from the chorale "Christ lag in Todesbanden.