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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chaconne (Mus) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chaconne An old dance or saraband, probably of Moorish or Spanish origin.
    • n chaconne 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chaconne shak-on′ an old dance, with slow movement, the music, a series of variations on a ground bass, mostly eight bars in length, appearing in sonatas as well as ballets.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. chacona,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. chacona—Basque chucun, pretty.


In literature:

I was playing the Chaconne of Bach, the most famous composition for the violin in the world.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
He has given the greatest performance of the celebrated Bach chaconne ever heard in America.
"Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
But Vestris got his chaconne.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
He practiced the "Chaconne" by Bach incessantly.
"The Story of a Genius" by Ossip Schubin
When he played his solo in that second Chaconne of Bach's, you could scarcely believe it was only one violin.
"Music-Study in Germany" by Amy Fay
How he read the Beethoven Concerto, the Bach Chaconne.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
The Chaconne was taken out, and the Faust Phantasie put in its stead.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres

In news:

Tonight, a concert in Manhattan examines 'The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne .
Patricia Beaman, in period costume, offered a courtly chaconne, a dance popular in the Baroque era, at Sinfonia New York's concert.
Patricia Beaman, in period costume, offered a courtly chaconne, a dance popular in the Baroque era, at Sinfonia New York's concert.
The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne,' at Ethical Culture.