Definition of Passacaglia

1. n. An old Italian or Spanish dance tune, in slow three-four measure, with divisions on a ground bass, resembling a chaconne.



Definition of Passacaglia

1. Noun. Slow Italian or Spanish music and dance in 3/4 time. ¹

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Definition of Passacaglia

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Passacaglia

pass the buck
pass the hat
pass the parcel
pass the time
pass through
pass through the hands
pass under the yoke
pass up
pass water
pass wind
pass with flying colors
passability
passable
passableness
passably
passacaglia (current term)
passacaglias
passacaglio
passade
passades
passado
passadoes
passados
passage
passage maker
passage migrant
passage migrants
passage of time
passaged
passagemaker

Literary usage of Passacaglia

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1. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Explanation of the by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"The passacaglia (French Passacaille) was originally a dance (probably of Spanish ... The idealized passacaglia, in its modern artistic form (most common in ..."

2. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Explanation of the by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"The passacaglia (French Passacaille) was originally a dance (probably of Spanish ... The idealized passacaglia, in its modern artistic form (most common ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1907)
"The name (according to Littré) is derived from the Spanish pasar, 'to walk,' and colle, 'a street,' in which case a passacaglia may mean a tune played in ..."

4. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Organist and His Works for the Organ by André Pirro (1902)
"... AND FUGUES OF JS BACH TOCCATAS FANTASIAS THE passacaglia—THE SONATAS THE organ compositions of JS Bach (especially such of them as are free in style, ..."

5. A Course of Instruction in Instrumentation by Salomon Jadassohn (1899)
"In this we occasionally find the cantus firmus in an upper voice; for this purpose we must see the passacaglia ..."

6. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, George Grove (1880)
"ut the feature which, in common with the Chaconne, has elevated the passacaglia above the majority of dance forms, is the construction of the music on a ..."

7. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Story of the Development of a Great Personality by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1909)
"The passacaglia, as a matter of fact, resembles many other great experiments by Bach in being such an immense expansion of ..."

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