passacaglia

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

Definition of passacaglia

  1. 1a :  an old Italian or Spanish dance tuneb :  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 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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