Ciaccona

Ciaccona is a slow moving dance on a ground bass, a variation form popular in the 17th-18th centuries. My piece is a set of variations on an eight-measure hexachord progression (set of six pitches) that is repeated eight times. The harmonic rhythm moves slowly, while the surface moves quickly in rapid gestures, landing on long resonances. The dance character is emphasized in variations IV and VII while the other variations offer a dychotomy between harmony and counterpoint inspired by the high baroque.

Ciaccone in C

Ciaccone in C