from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slow, stately dance of the 18th century or the music for it.
- n. A form consisting of variations based on a reiterated harmonic pattern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slow, stately Baroque dance
- n. The music for such a dance, often containing variations on a theme
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old Spanish dance in moderate three-four measure, like the Passacaglia, which is slower. Both are used by classical composers as themes for variations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old dance or saraband, probably of Moorish or Spanish origin.
- n. A musical composition in the movement of such a dance, in slow tempo, usually in triple rhythm, and properly consisting of a series of variations upon a ground-bass of eight bars' length. It closely resembles the passacaglia.
Vestris deeply regretted that the opera was not terminated by a piece they called a chaconne, in which he displayed all his power.
There was something dangerous about what followed, something not unlike the edge of madness or at least of a nightmare; and although Jack recognized that the whole sonata and particularly the chaconne was a most impressive composition he felt that if he were to go on playing it with all his heart it might lead him to very strange regions indeed.
Another characteristic trait of a chaconne is a regularly repeating harmonic structure.
"chaconne," and worried the composer to induce him to introduce one.
We rename an eatery with a French name as we continue to deny that our national floral emblem its correct vernacular name, "chaconier '', derived from the French" chaconne "a medieval song/dance of France, Spain and Italy where the dancers festooned their costumes with little red flags which moved with their dance movements causing the flags to flutter.
"The Salonen suggests the Bach because it is in the form of a chaconne," explains Ms. Koh.
The sound of the violin chaconne played on viola and transposed to a darker G minor, interwoven with Langeland improvising a keening, open-throated Ave Maria, proves strangely persuasive.
The familiar Welsh lullaby "All Through the Night" is the theme that underlies each movement: the first, a theme and variations, each one in a different key, the second a chaconne and then a passacaglia and, finally another set of variations.
Elsewhere, he uses an esclavas , a 17th-century dance developed by Mexican slaves, and a chaconne , a form in which the bass line obsessively repeats the same musical cell over and over.
Here, a majestic sarabande was worked out, there, a solemn chaconne, elsewhere a subtle musette or a stormy bourrée.
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