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Chiaccona in parte variate alla vera spagnuola

1950; from Armoniosi concerti sopra la chitarra spagnuola

Domenico Pellegrini, who died sometime after 1682, provides a chaconne from his 1650 collection Armoniosi concerti sopra la chitarra spagnuola, published in his native city of Bologna. As Pellegrini’s title might suggest, his Chiaccona in parte variate alla vera spagnuola revisits the form’s festive origins in a buoyant composition that exploits the triple-time dancing rhythms with which the chaconne was associated from the outset. The upbeat mood of the piece, along with the pointed assertion that it is in the ‘true Spanish style’, combined with the fact that Pellegrini was himself a guitarist, raises the interesting question of whether the Chiaccona in parte variate was created in conscious opposition to the modernising trends, exemplified by Frescobaldi, that would ultimately lead from wild exuberance to meditative profundity. Unfortunately, it’s currently an impossible question to answer as almost nothing is known about Pelligrini beyond his few surviving works.

from notes by Paul Williamson © 2019


From the ground up – The chaconne
Studio Master: SIGCD574Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD574 track 3

Recording date
18 June 2018
Recording venue
Musikaliska, Stockholm, Sweden
Recording producer
Jens Braun
Recording engineer
Jens Braun
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  1. From the ground up – The chaconne (SIGCD574)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: June 2019
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