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passacaglia

passacaglia

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

Definition of PASSACAGLIA

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
:  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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