Definition and background:
A continuous variation form. The basis for the form is a four bar ostinato over which variations are written in the other voices. It is similar to the chaconne and is moderately slow in triple meter.an instrumental piece, commonly written in triple time, originally a dance, in which a theme is continually repeated above a ground bass. similar to, and often confused with the chaconne
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