Voices of Music plays Tarquinio Merula's Ciaccona

Three versions of Tarquinio Merula’s Ciaccona

Voices of Music, Il Giardino Armonico (The Harmonious Garden) and L’Arpeggiata versions of Tarquinio Merula’s Ciaccona, Op.12 No.20 (first published in 1637).

Live video from the San Francisco based Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music Capriccio Stravagante Concert 2008, performed on original instruments:

A beautiful video from “Il Giardino Armonico: Music of the Italian Baroque (2000)”, Paul Fenkart.

L’Arpeggiata and violinist Veronika Skuplik, an extract from the concert they performed in Versailles in 2003.

Ciaccona (French: chaconne, panish: chacona; Italian: ciaccona; earlier English: chacony) is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression, often involving a fairly short repetitive bass-line (ground bass) which offered a compositional outline for variation, decoration, figuration and melodic invention.

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