A chaconne is a piece of music based on a short chord progression that is repeated with melodic variations. This chaconne, scored for orchestra, is based on two similar four-chord progressions that occur frequently in today’s popular culture.
Progression I: Dm-Bb-F-A[audio:http://ascensionsounds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/progression-i.mp3|titles=Dm-Bb-F-A]
The first progression can be heard in film and in television commercials (most recently, the Christmas 2011 commercial for the iPhone). Also, Phillip Glass used the progression in at least two scenes of The Truman Show (“Truman Sleeps,” and “Raising the Sail”).
Progression II: Dm-Bb-F-C[audio:http://ascensionsounds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/progression-ii.mp3|titles=Dm-Bb-F-C]
The second progression differs from the first by only one chord, and is significantly more common, especially in popular music. Boston Globe music critic, Marc Hirsh, calls this progression the “Sensitive Female Chord Progression,” and has a blog dedicated to it where he lists hundreds of songs as early as 1967 that use the progression. One of the most striking occurrences of the chord progression in film is in The Lord Of The Rings-The Fellowship Of The Ring (“Lothlorien”) after Gandalf falls at Moria.