Passacaglia, The

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EMS20110410Lucie Skeaping traces the history and development of the dance-based form, from its origins in Iberian street music to the great organ works by Bach.|The word passacaglia derives from the Spanish 'pasar' and 'calle' - meaning 'to walk' and 'street'.|The musical form probably originated as music performed whilst promenading, most likely with a guitar.|With the rise in popularity of the 5 string Spanish guitar, the passacaglia quickly crossed Europe and was readily adopted into song, instrumental music and even into the theatre.|Repertoire in the programme includes music from an opera by Lully, Monteverdi's lament par excellence "Lamento della Ninfa" and one of Bach's greatest works for organ.|Lucie Skeaping traces the history and development of the dance-based form passacaglia.