Chaconne (Fr., also chacony; It. ciaccona, ciacona; Sp. chacona)
- Alexander Silbiger
Before 1800, a dance, often performed at a quite brisk tempo, that generally used variation techniques, though not necessarily ground-bass variation; in 19th- and 20th-century music, a set of ground-bass or ostinato variations, usually of a severe character. Most chaconnes are in triple metre, with occasional exceptions. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with ...