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).

Tarquinio Merula: Ciaccona. Voices of Music

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

Tarquinio Merula’s vibrant and imaginative version of the Ciaccona dance is marked by fiery twists and turns, yet it has a surprisingly sweet and sonorous conclusion. Live video from the San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music Capriccio Stravagante Concert 2008, performed on original instruments.

Il Giardino Armonico – ‘Ciaccona’ by Tarquinio Merula

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

Il Giardino Armonico performing ‘Ciaccona’ by Tarquinio Merula

L’Arpeggiata: Ciaccona (Tarquinio Merula)

L’Arpeggiata: Ciaccona (Tarquinio Merula)

Ciaccona (French: chaconne, Spanish: 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.

Sources

M. Özgür Nevres

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