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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 885 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PASSACAGLIA, the name of an old Spanish dance, supposed to be derived from pasar, to walk, and calle, street, the tune being played by wandering musicians in the streets. It was a slow and rather solemn dance of one or two dancers. The dance tune resembled the " chaconne," and was, like it, constructed on a ground-bass. Brahms's Symphony in E Minor, No. 4, ends with an elaborate passacaglia.
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