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chaconne

[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)
1.
an ancient dance, probably of Spanish origin, in moderate triple meter.
2.
a musical form based on the continuous variation of a series of chords or of a ground bass.
Origin of chaconne
1675-1685
1675-85; < French < Spanish chacona
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Historical Examples
  • Bach's chaconne or Sicilienne calls for a certain humility on the part of the artist.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • It is almost a sacrilege to hear a little girl venturing to approach the chaconne.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • She played the first five of the thirty-two variations of the chaconne; then she stopped.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • Do you think the Greeks, whose manners we are endeavouring to depict, knew what a chaconne was?

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • Do you think the Greeks, whose manners we are endeavoring to depict, knew what a chaconne was?

  • For about two hundred years the attempt to force this chaconne upon the public had been continuous, and it was still boring them.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • “Write me the music of a chaconne, Monsieur Gluck,” said the god of dancing.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • When he played his solo in that second chaconne of Bach's, you could scarcely believe it was only one violin.

  • He has given the greatest performance of the celebrated Bach chaconne ever heard in America.

  • Vestris deeply regretted that the opera was not terminated by a piece they called a chaconne, in which he displayed all his power.

British Dictionary definitions for chaconne

chaconne

/ʃəˈkɒn; French ʃakɔn/
noun
1.
a musical form consisting of a set of continuous variations upon a ground bass See also passacaglia
2.
(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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