Ciaccónne, Ciaccóna and Passacáglia by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
"The three pieces transcribed in this volume are taken from suites in the Weiss "London Manuscript." Though a facsimile of the original lute tablature is not included here, guitarists should find no significant changes from it that are not notated and explained.
There are no tempo markings in the original tablature, but the position of these pieces in their respective suites as well as similarities to Weiss's other works may help. The Ciaccónne in E-flat and the Passacáglia in D replace the usual presto or gigue as final movements, implying a fast tempo. The Ciaccóna in A is probably more moderately paced, keeping with the late Baroque concept of this type as a slow dance of Spanish origin. Its placement among other movements suggests this, as does its resemblance to the Menuette in Weiss's "L'Esprit italienne" suite." From the preface