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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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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.
His Brobdingnagian Gigue in 24/1 meter has a whole note as it shortest note and his Lilliputian Chaconne in 3/32 (1) has a profusion of 128th notes.
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.
In some passages of her Chaconne I hear echoes of Busoni's Bach transcriptions.
The programme includes Bernstein's Candide Overture, Penderecki's Chaconne, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No.
One case is the plate with the two-part version of the Chaconne in Rinaldo and Armida (p.
30pm presents the overture to his opera La Clemenza di Tito; the Marcia and Chaconne from Idomeneo; the Symphony No.
It was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic as was his Chaconne.
Trovato, Le parole della musica, Firenze, 1994): ciaconna o chaconne (DIFIT s.
Del ultimo se recomienda la escucha de su Chaconne en Sol mayor HWV 435.
Also in the Fall of 2008, Bloom toured the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with diverse ensembles including Ensemble Chaconne, The Olmsted Ensemble, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (36th season), the Duo "2" with pianist Mary Jane Rupert (featuring Bloom's transcription for alto flute of Marion Bauer's viola sonata), and mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato and pianist Mary Jane Rupert in a program that included works by American composers Daniel Pinkham, George Gershwin, and Elizabeth Vercoe.