cha·​conne | \ shä-ˈkȯn How to pronounce chaconne (audio) , sha-, -ˈkän, -ˈkən How to pronounce chaconne (audio) \

Definition of chaconne

1 : an old Spanish dance tune of Latin American origin
2 : a musical composition in moderate triple time typically consisting of variations on a repeated succession of chords

Examples of chaconne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally there was a chaconne in 2005, written to honor Pope John Paul II. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "A Composer Who Matters," 13 Aug. 2020 They’re joined by a work to a Bach chaconne by the Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis, and the premiere of a new work by the young American company dancer Joseph Hernandez. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "Dance in NYC This Week," 26 Oct. 2017 A Bach violin chaconne felt, not surprisingly, fresh. Mark Swed,, "Instrumental mayhem in the name of Bach: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and company," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of chaconne

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chaconne

French & Spanish; French chaconne, from Spanish chacona

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“Chaconne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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