PASSACAGLIA, PASSACAGLIO, or PASSECAILLE, an early Italian or Spanish dance, similar in character to a Chaconne. The name (according to Littré) is derived from the Spanish pasar, to walk, and calle, a street, in which case a Passacaglia may mean a tune played in the streets by itinerant musicians. – Grove’s Dictionary of Music & Musicians
Check out this charming video of Heifetz alums Rachell Wong, violin, and Andrew Gonzalez, viola – both 2017 Artists in Residence at the Institute – taking the meaning of Passacaglia literally by takin’ to the streets of Staunton for this seven-minute vignette of the remarkable place the Heifetz Institute calls home. Originally, this particular Passacaglia was part of a keyboard suite by Georg Friderich Handel, later adapted into a showpiece by early 20th-century Norwegian composer Johan Halverson. Be dazzled by the performance, and delighted by the backdrop!
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