CHACONNE (Span. chacona), a slow dance, introduced into Spain by the Moors, now obsolete. It resembles the Passacaglia. The word is used also of the music composed for this dance - a slow stately movement in time. Such a movement was often introduced into a sonata, and formed the conventional finale to an opera or ballet until the time of Gluck.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)