passacaglia definition

  • noun:
    • A musical as a type of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries consisting of constant variations on a ground bass and similar to the chaconne.
    • A dance of this duration that has been performed to such music.
    • sluggish Italian or Spanish music and dance in 3/4 time.
    • a vintage Italian or Spanish dance tune, in slow three-four measure, with divisions on a ground bass, resembling a chaconne.
    • a vintage dance of Italian or Spanish origin, resembling the chaconne.
    • Music for such a-dance, or perhaps in its rhythm, which is triple and slow.

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