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What is a chaconne, or a passacaglia?

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What is a chaconne, or a passacaglia?
posted May 14 by Rajni

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A piece of music
A passacaglia, originating in early seventeenth-century Spain as an interlude between instrumentally accompanied dances or songs, is usually sombre, written in triple metre, and is often a series of continuous variations over a bass; the chaconne was popular in the baroque era and often used as a vehicle for melodic invention and variation.

answer May 17 by Balwinder
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