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Here is a fascinating survey of a baroque dance form in its 18th century heyday.

With shady origins in Central America, the chaconne became established as a popular dance in Spain by the start of the 17th century, and the first printed version dates from Florence in 1606.

Thereafter it turned respectable, mutating to the keyboard and quickly emerging as a compositional template for baroque masters across Europe.

Its potential for developing and modulating chord patterns and rhythms is illustrated in this parade of grandiloquent harpsichord pieces, headed by wonderfully extrovert examples by French composers Jacques Duphly and Bernard de Bury, and more sober versions from Bach and his contemporary Johann Caspar Ferdinand Friedrich.

Superb performances by Brachetta.


Guillermo Brachetta


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