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[sha-kawn, -kon, shah-; French sha-kawn] /ʃæˈkɔn, -ˈkɒn, ʃɑ-; French ʃaˈkɔn/
noun, plural chaconnes
[sha-kawnz, -konz, shah-; French sha-kawn] /ʃæˈkɔnz, -ˈkɒnz, ʃɑ-; French ʃaˈkɔn/ (Show IPA)
an ancient dance, probably of Spanish origin, in moderate triple meter.
a musical form based on the continuous variation of a series of chords or of a ground bass.
1675-85; < French < Spanish chacona Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for chaconne


/ʃəˈkɒn; French ʃakɔn/
a musical form consisting of a set of continuous variations upon a ground bass See also passacaglia
(archaic) a dance in slow triple time probably originating in Spain
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Spanish chacona, probably imitative of the castanet accompaniment
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Encyclopedia Article for chaconne

originally a fiery and suggestive dance that appeared in Spain about 1600 and eventually gave its name to a musical form. Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco Gomez de Quevedo, and other contemporary writers imply a Mexican origin. Apparently danced with castanets by a couple or by a woman alone, it soon spread to Italy, where it was considered disreputable as it had been in Spain. During the 17th century, a subdued version gained favour at the French court; it appeared frequently in the stage works of Jean-Baptiste Lully

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