chaconne and passacaglia

chaconneshäkônˈ and passacaglia (päˌsəkälˈyə) [key], two closely related musical forms popular during the baroque period. Both are in triple meter time and employ a characteristic recurring harmonic pattern or actual bass line of four or eight bars. J. S. Bach's Chaconne from the D Minor Violin Suite and his Passacaglia in C Minor for organ are the most famous examples of these forms.

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