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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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Exactly a month after this concert, Benedetti appears in the Town Hall giving a solo performance in the round, her programme including the awesome Bach D minor Partita (with its monumental Chaconne) and a new work by Wynton Marsalis (March 6).
Finally, Francois Francoeur's revised version of Royer's chaconne, created for a suite performed at the wedding of the Count of Artois in 1773, is given in an appendix.
What a fugue has to do, stylistically, with 21st-century music is anyone's guess, though perhaps this one was just introducing Ludwig's quotation from Bach's famous D minor chaconne that ends "Virtuosity.'' Regardless, one came away from this hearing most impressed by Ludwig's handling of the music's many transitional sections, which, in their usage of various extended techniques, seemed to draw on much more intriguing sound worlds and musical vocabularies than did the bulk of the solo parts.
Pentyrch-based Sinfonia Cymru, which consists of young musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, will give a rare performance of the complete score of Ravel's Mother Goose, as well as works by Stravinsky and Beethoven and the world premiere of Chaconne for Strings by award-winning young composer Mark David Boden.
But the duo also produced the most virtuosic and effective encore of recent times in an arrangement of a chaconne by Handel - and almost managed to upstage their primary task with a phenomenal display of technique.
Gubaidulina's Chaconne relates to Bach not only in its reference to the short harmonic progressions of baroque compositional style, but also on the level of musical sensibility.
The programme includes Bernstein's Candide Overture, Penderecki's Chaconne, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No.5.
Both bands and the choir will perform selections on their own, and then the bands will combine for the "Chaconne" movement of Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat for Military Band.
One case is the plate with the two-part version of the Chaconne in Rinaldo and Armida (p.
The Hall One concert from 7.30pm presents the overture to his opera La Clemenza di Tito; the Marcia and Chaconne from Idomeneo; the Symphony No.33 and the Piano Concerto No.27 with Benedetto Lupo as soloist.
It was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic as was his Chaconne. Vasily Sinaisky continues his survey of Schmidt's music with his Malmo Symphony Orchestra.
Trovato, Le parole della musica, Firenze, 1994): ciaconna o chaconne (DIFIT s.v.