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Passacaglias


  • Here are entered collections of passacaglias for various mediums of performance. Individual passacaglias and collections of passacaglias for a specific medium of performance are entered under the heading followed by the medium. Works about the passacaglia are entered under the heading [Passacaglia.]

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    • found: New Grove, 2nd ed. WWW site, Nov. 15, 2002(Passacaglia: in 19th- and 20th-century music, a set of ground-bass or ostinato variations, usually of a serious character; in the earliest sources, a short, improvised ritornello between the strophes of a song; the term is sometimes used interchangeably with "chaconne")
    • found: New Harvard dict. mus.(Passacaglia: continuous variation form, principally of the Baroque, whose basso ostinato formulas originally derived from ritornellos to early 17th-century songs; developed in a way quite similar to the chaconne)
    • found: Oxf. comp. mus., 2002(passacaglia: through-composed variation form constructed over formal harmonic progressions, used widely in the Baroque era but with origins in the Spanish street dance, the pasacalle; like the chaconne, which also used specific basso ostinato formulas, the passacaglia became a separately identifiable extended late Baroque form; in both French and German music the term was often confounded with "chaconne," in spite of attempts by several theorists to distinguish the two)
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    • Here are entered collections of passacaglias for various mediums of performance. Individual passacaglias and collections of passacaglias for a specific medium of performance are entered under the heading followed by the medium. Works about the passacaglia are entered under the heading [Passacaglia.]
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    • Note under [Passacaglia]
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    • 2002-11-15: new
    • 2003-01-10: revised
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