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.
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How to use passacaglia in a sentence
Besides these there are the three great independent toccatas and the passacaglia.
Dance-measures, the passacaglia, even the jig, are not excluded; and a chorale has its counterpoint in a siciliano.Sebastian Bach | Reginald Lane Poole
These sonatas and the passacaglia were written for his young son, W. Friedemann, to practise on the pedal clavichord.Bach | Charles Francis Abdy Williams
British Dictionary definitions for 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 part: See also chaconne (def. 1)
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