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passacaglia

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noun pas·sa·ca·glia \ˌpä-sə-ˈkäl-yə, ˌpa-sə-ˈkal-yə\

Definition of passacaglia

  1. 1 a :  an old Italian or Spanish dance tune b :  an instrumental musical composition consisting of variations usually on a ground bass in moderately slow triple time

  2. 2 :  an old dance performed to a passacaglia



Origin of passacaglia

modification of Spanish pasacalle, from pasar to pass + calle street, from Latin callis path — more at pase


First Known Use: 1659


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