- a slow, dignified dance of Spanish origin.
- the music for this dance, based on an ostinato figure.
- a musical form based on continuous variations over a ground bass.
Origin of passacaglia
Examples from the Web for passacaglia
Historical Examples of passacaglia
These sonatas and the passacaglia were written for his young son, W. Friedemann, to practise on the pedal clavichord.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
Dance-measures, the passacaglia, even the jig, are not excluded; and a chorale has its counterpoint in a siciliano.Sebastian Bach
Reginald Lane Poole
Besides these there are the three great independent toccatas and the Passacaglia.
- an old Spanish dance in slow triple time
- a slow instrumental piece characterized by a series of variations on a particular theme played over a repeated bass partSee also chaconne (def. 1)
Word Origin for passacaglia
dance tune of Spanish origin, 1650s, from Italian, from Spanish pasacalle, from pasar "to pass" (see pass (v.)) + calle "street." So called because they often were played in the streets.