Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Sarabande and Chaconne From Latin-America to the World of J.S.Bach

The correlations between chaconne and passacaglia have been amply discussed in many writings. Both were originally dances accompanied by guitar, introduced to Europe by Spain, and later became instrumental variation forms over a repeated bass line or harmonic progression. Their close relation—sometimes it is hard to find a line of definition between them—has also been supported by their similar texture, triple meter, character and mood. This would have been a perfect marriage if the chaconne had not had in the past an “affair” with another dance, the sarabande, with whom it shares many  pages of its history. In fact, “over half of all references before 1630 mention both [sarabande and chaconne] in the same...

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