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 and Etymology of passacaglia

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


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