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The Social History of a Groove: Chacona, Ciaccona, Chaconne, and <i>the</i> Chaconne

Susan Mcclary

in Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520247345
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247345.003.0008
The Social History of a Groove: Chacona, Ciaccona, Chaconne, and the Chaconne

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“The Social History of Groove” follows the cultural transformations of a crucial genre of the 1600s: the chacona, which came to Europe from the New World by way of the Spanish conquistadors. A remarkably minimalist pattern, the rowdy chacona made its way into Italian high culture, then migrated to France, where it became the very pinnacle of aristocratic poise. The chapter concludes with the most famous product of its rather unlikely career, J. S. Bach's Ciaccona (the Chaconne) for unaccompanied violin.

Keywords: chacona; ciaccona; chaconne; passacaglia; Claudio Monteverdi; Jean-Henry D'Anglebert; Jean-Baptiste Lully; J. S. Bach

Chapter.  7280 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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