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chaconne

[sha-kawn, -kon, shah-; French sha-kawn]
noun, plural cha·connes [sha-kawnz, -konz, shah-; French sha-kawn] /ʃæˈkɔnz, -ˈkɒnz, ʃɑ-; French ʃaˈkɔn/.
  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.
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Origin of chaconne

1675–85; < French < Spanish chacona
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Examples from the Web for chaconne

Historical Examples of chaconne

  • The Chaconne was taken out, and the Faust Phantasie put in its stead.

    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

  • “Write me the music of a chaconne, Monsieur Gluck,” said the god of dancing.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris

  • "Write me the music of a chaconne, Monsieur Gluek," said the god of dancing.

  • It is almost a sacrilege to hear a little girl venturing to approach the Chaconne.

    The Devourers

    Annie Vivanti Chartres


British Dictionary definitions for chaconne

chaconne

noun
  1. a musical form consisting of a set of continuous variations upon a ground bassSee also passacaglia
  2. archaic a dance in slow triple time probably originating in Spain
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Word Origin for chaconne

C17: from French, from Spanish chacona, probably imitative of the castanet accompaniment
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