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What is a chaconne?

What is a chaconne? Here are some definitions.

  1. A slow, stately Baroque dance
  2. (music) The music for such a dance, often containing variations on a theme
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The chaconne form, which is similar to that of the passacaglia, was used by composers in the Baroque period and later.
Note also the harmonic inventiveness of the first minuet and the grandeur of the chaconne.
While that kind of rhythmic systole codifies processional nobility, it is also germane to baroque performance practice, particularly in a chaconne.
It draws upon the Baroque dance form known as a chaconne, in which a basic theme stated at the opening is then restated in several variations.
It is almost a sacrilege to hear a little girl venturing to approach the chaconne.
The longest piece in the set is the D-major chaconne, taking up three full pages.

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