Which versions of the later Folia have been
written down, transcribed or recorded?

(in alphabetical order of composer, letter F)

Falconieri (Falconiero?), Andrea (c.1585-1656) impression of the live performance at YouTube of The Voices of Music - 15kB
Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos (1650): 10 variations
First edition in Il primo libro de canzone, sinfonie, fantasie..... (Naples, 1650).
Originally written for two violins and continuo.
A copy is conserved at the Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, Bologna, Italy
This is one of the most interesting Folias in chronological perspective. Published in 1650 it features almost every charasteristic of a later Folia. The chord progression, the radical change of tempo in the somewhat chromatic slow 9th variation which become popular no earlier than half a century later(!) with famous composers as Corelli and Marais. Only the standard melody is missing. I can't imagine why the significance of this composer is hardly recognized. I think it is not that wrong to speak of the father of the later Folia.
The title of the music honors a lady of the Spanish nobility.

A live performance 2008 by the ensemble Voices of Music Capriccio Stravagante, "Our version is a reconstruction that supplies what we consider to be a missing part in the harmony."
Featuring Carla Moore, Cynthia Freivogel and Lisa Grodin, baroque violins; Hanneke van Proosdij, WIlliam Skeen and David Tayler, continuo.
Duration: 4'05" direct link to YouTube
© 2008 by Voices of Music Capriccio Stravagante, used with permission. For their website http://www.voicesofmusic.org/

Duration: 4'18", 17 kB.
The complete Variazioni (10 variations)

First variation of Folías by Falconieri Hudson, Richard Vol I, p. 34
Falconiero, opening score for altro canto, Basso (viola) and Basso continuo - 23kB

    Falconiero, opening of the original score for altro canto, basso (viola) and Basso continuo 23kB
    Opening of the original score dated back to 1650
    cover cd l'Accademia del Piacere, Direzione Fahmi Alqhai - 15kB
  1. Accademia del Piacere, directed by Fahmi Alqhai (viola da gamba) 'Las Idas Y las Vueltas'
    This is the Folia by Falconieri with an intro and some inprovisation in the middle of the composition.
    • Title: Folíias (various authors circa 1700)
    • Released 2012 by Alqhai & Alqhai compact disc D.L. SE 708-2012 (004)
    • Duration: 5'35"
    • Recording date: December 2011 and January 2012 in Sputnik Studios, Sevilla, Spain

  2. Accademia del Piacere, directed by Fahmi Alqhai
    This is the Folia by Falconieri with an intro and some inprovisation in the middle of the composition.

    Folías by Accademia del Piacere live broadcasting
    Duration: 4'34" direct link to YouTube
    © 2012 by Accademia del Piacere

    • Title: Folíias (various authors circa 1700)
    • Broadcasted by RTSI (Radio televisione svizzera italiana) 10 July, 2012
    • Duration: 4'34"
    • Recording date: live concert (program 'Fantasias, diferencias y glosas') 13 April 2012 during the Festival d'Estate, Sala Sopracelerina in Locarno, Swiss
    cover cd Anthonello - 15kB
  3. Anthonello, directed by Yoshimichi Hamada 'Ciaconna'
    • Title: Folias
    • Released 2001 by Symphonia compact disc SY 01187
    • Duration: 3'44"
    • Recording date: August 2000 in Toghen-Bukakaikan
  4. L'Astrée ( Francesco D'Orazio violin, Alessandro Tampieri violin and baroque guitar, Alessandro Palmeri cello, Francesco Romano theorbo, Giorgio Tabacco harpsichord)

    Folías by L'Astrée live broadcasting
    Duration: 3'33" direct link to YouTube
    © 2005 by L'Astrée

    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Caralleños
    • Broadcasted by RAI radio 3 (Italy) October 30, 2005
    • Duration: 3'33"
    • Recording date: October 30, 2005 at Cappella Paolina del Palazzo del Quirinale di Roma, Italy

  5. Australian Brandenburg Orchestra conducted by Paul Dyer 'Baroque Favorites' cover cd Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - 15kB
    • Title: Folia (a 3) echa para mi señora (Folia written for my lady)
    • Released 2010 byABC Classics 2 cd-box ordernumber 476 4056-476 5057.
    • Duration: 4'06"
    • Recording date: unknown

  6. Belladonna: C. Galhano (recorder), M. Humphrey (baroque violin), R. Humphrey (baroque cello), B. Weiss (harpsichord) 'Folias Festivas'
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 1999, year of release not indicated at all or it should be the small inprint on the cd itself 'bella99cd' indicating the year 1999, a 'production of The Schubert Club, Ten Thousend lakes' compact disc without ordernr. barcode 6 0197199032 3
    • Duration: 2'51"
    • Recording date: November 1998 at St. Bernard's Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

  7. Bruggen, Erik van Cappella Musicale San Giacomo for YouTube - 15kB

    Faronells Division on a ground, Leiden 10 Sept. 2016
    Duration:4'09" direct link to YouTube
    © 2016 by Erik van Bruggen

    • Title: Division on a ground (1684)
    • Arrangement and improvisation by Erik van Bruggen
    • Duration: 4'47"
    • Recording date: 10 September 2016 in the Waalse Kerk, Leiden, The Netherlands

  8. Cappella Musicale San Giacomo (including mandolin solo) Cappella Musicale San Giacomo for YouTube - 15kB

    Follía by Cappella Musicale San Giacomo
    Duration:4'09" direct link to YouTube
    © 2014 by Cappella Musicale San Giacomo

    • Title: Follia
    • Published April 2014 by Cappella Musicale San Giacomo for YouTube
    • Duration: 4'09"
    • Recording date: November 2013

  9. La Cetra d'Orfeo: Michel Keustermans (recorder and director), Hervé Douchy (violoncelle), Jacques Willemijns (harpsichord), Jurgen De Bruyn (theorbo and baroque guitar), Stephan Pougin (percussion), Laura Pok (recorder), Ingrid Bourgeois (violon).
    cover cd La Cetra d'Orfeo 15kB Michel Keustermans wrote for the slipcase (translation by Rachel Stacchini-Betton-Foster):

    Andrea Falconieri, an Italian lutenist from the court of Parma, Modena, then Naples, dedicated his Folia to a great lady at the Court of Spain. It is an excerpt from his collection 'il primo libro de canzione, Napoli, 1650' (First Book of Songs) One can feel the obsessive omnipresence of the same harmonic structure and rhythm upon which unfold a series of variations, some quick, some slow. A more languorous central passage 'muy despacio' introduces the final variations.

    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 2007 by EOLE compact disc EAD002
    • Duration: 3'43"
    • Recording date: May 2006 at Chapelle du Bois
    • See also the page Recommended Folia-recordings

  10. Chatham Baroque 'Españoleta' cover cd Chatham Baroque 15kB
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Arranged by Julie Andrijeski
    • Released 2000 by Dorian compact disc DOR-90284
    • Duration 4'41"
    • Recording date: unknown
  11. Collegium Musicum Brno
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carellos
    • Broadcasted by CZE-radio Vtlava Cesky Rozhlas 3, October2, 2007
    • Duration: 3'59"
    • Recording date: October 01, 2007 at Ostravy Festival
  12. La Compañia: Rosemary Hodgson (theorbo/baroque guitar), Linda Kent (harpsichord and chamber organ), Danny Lucin (cornetto), Elizabeth Pogson (baroque violin), Simon Rickard (dulcian), Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba)
    • Title: Folias
    • Recorded at the Festival 'Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival 2006'
    • Duration: 3'38"
    • Recording date: January (without indication of date) in the Neil Street Uniting Church, Ballarat, Australia
    • Broadcasted August 16, 2006 by ABC Classic FM

  13. Coolen, Saskia (recorder), Zipperling, Rainer (viola da gamba), Ayrton, Patrick (harpsichord) 'Diminutions and Ostinati' cover cd Saskia Coolen 15kB
    • Title: La Follia from II. Libro Primo di Canzone, Sinfonie, etc.
    • Released 2008 Globe compact disc GLO 5233
    • Duration: 3'43"
    • Recording date: May 2008 in the Protestantse Kerk, Cothen, The Netherlands

  14. El Mundo directed by Richard Savino (Zachery Carrettin, Adam LaMotte, violins; William Skeen, cello and viol; Corey Jameson, harpsichord; Peter Maund, percussion; Bruce Burchmore, Baroque guitar in D; and Richard Savino, Baroque guitar in C) 'Villancicos y Cantadas: Sacred Songs and Dances from Latin America and Spain' cover cd El Mundo 15kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña
    • Released June 2005 by Koch International KIC-CD-7654
    • Duration: 4'54"
    • Recording date: April 2003 at st. Vincent's School for Boys

  15. Ensamble Galileo (Alejandro Tello: oboe, Manuel Mejía: lute, Leonel Pérez: cello, Josefina Hernández: harpsichord, Patricio Osorio: violin, Francisco Bringas: percusion, Jacobo Poo: flute) Todos los Bienes del Mondo' cover cd Ensamble Galileo 15kB

    Folías by Ensamble Galileo
    Duration: 5'01" direct link to YouTube
    © 2003 by Ensamble Galileo

    • Title: Folías (1650)
    • Released 2003 by  Fonarte Latino compact disc
    • Duration:5'00"
    • Recording date: Spring 2003 in Subsónico, San Ángel, Ciudad de México

  16. Ensemble Anthonello (Yoshimichi Hamada (cornetto and recorder), Kaori Ishikawa (viola da gamba), Marie Nishiyama (harpsichord and harp) and Rafael Bonavita (lute and vihuela), António Carrilho (recorder) and Paulo Gaio Lima (cello)
    • Title: A. Falconiero / Manuel Machado: Folias e Dos estrellas le siguen G.
    • Broadcasted by Portuguese Radio April 29, 2009
    • Duration: 8'01"
    • Recording date: July 2008 during the 'Festival de Música de Caldas da Rainha', Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

  17. Ensemble Badinerie: Rahel Stoellger (Flauto dolce), William Dongois (Cornetto), Christian Beus (dulcian), Alexander Weimann (harpsichord, positive organ) and Karl-Ernst Schröder (theorbo, baroque guitar) 'la suave melodia' cover cd Ensemble Badinerie 15kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 2003 by Carpe Diem compact disc 16266
    • Duration: 3'52"
    • Recording date: April 2000, Andreaskirche, Berlin, Germany

  18. Ensemble Badinerie: Rahel Stoellger (Flauto dolce), William Dongois (Cornetto), Christian Beus (dulcian), Alexander Weimann (harpsichord, positive organ) and Karl-Ernst Schröder (theorbo, baroque guitar) 'la suave melodia' cover cd Ensemble Badinerie label Accent 15kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 2010 by Accent compact disc ACC10401
    • Duration: 3'52"
    • Recording date: April 2000, Andreaskirche, Berlin, Germany

  19. Ensemble Badinerie: Rahel Stoellger (Flauto dolce), William Dongois (Cornetto), Christian Beus (dulcian), Alexander Weimann (harpsichord, positive organ) and Karl-Ernst Schröder (theorbo, baroque guitar) 'Ensemble Badinerie' cover cd Ensemble Badinerie 15kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released by ORF compact disc 2002018
    • Duration: unknown
    • Recording date: unknown

  20. Ensemble Bois de Cologne: Meike Herzig and Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder), Tom Daun (harp) ' Stella Splendens Musique mariale espagnole du XIIIe au XVIIe siècle cover cd Ensemble Bois de Cologne 15kB
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released by Marc Aurel Edition in corporation with Deutschland Radio 2000 compact disc LC00572 (MA20003)
    • Duration: 3'29"
    • Recording date: August 24-28 2000 at Deutschland Radio, Köln

  21. Ensemble Caprice
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Broadcasted July 22, 2012 by Houston Public Radio, Recorded during a Houston Early Music concert
    • Duration: 3'20"
    • Recorded live during a concert March 5, 2010 in Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, USA

  22. Ensemble Caprice (Matthias Maute: recorder, Sophie Larivière: recorder, David Jacques:baroque guitar)

    Folías by Ensemble Caprice live broadcasting
    Duration: 3'20" direct link to YouTube
    © 2010 by Ensemble Caprice

    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Broadcasted by Radio WGBH Boston (also Padcast in 128 kbps)
    • Duration: 3'02"
    • Recording date: April 24, 2008 in a live performance in Studio One, WGBH Radio, Boston, USA

  23. Ensemble Fitzwilliam (flutes, harpsichord, basse de violon, violone, harp, guitar) 'Andrea Falconieri, fantaisies, dances, villanelle, arie' cover cd Isabella d'Este - 07kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña ....
    • Released 1995 by Auvidis France compact disc E8551
    • Duration: 3'14"
    • Recording date: 1994 in the church of Evangélique Luthérienne de France, Paris


  24. Ensemble Isabella d'Este 'Andrea Falconieri, Il libro primo di canzone ...- Napoli 1650' cover cd Isabella d'Este - 07kB cover new release cd Isabella d'Este - 15kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Instrumentation: viola soprano, violino, viola basso, violone, flute, harpsichord, archlute, chitarrone, arpa doppia
    • Released 1994 by Symphonia compact disc SY 94S32, re-released 2011 by Pan classics compact disc PC 10248
    • Duration: 3'17"
    • Recording date: September 1994 in Chiesa di Sornetan, Switzerland

  25. Ensemble Mirable (violins Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kati Kyme, violas da gamba Joanna Blendulf, guitar Kevin Cooper, harpsichord JungHae Kim) 'Influenza Italiana' cover cd Ensemble Mirable - 15 kB
    • Title: Follia
    • Released 2013 by Magnatune compact disc order number EMJHK1005
    • Duration: 3'58"
    • Recording date: December 2011 at 25th Street Studio, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
    • Italian Harpsichord JungHae Kim (after 18th century Florentine originals by John Phillips, Berkeley, 1993), Violins Elizabeth Blumenstock (Andreas Guarneri Cremona, 1660), Kati Kyme (Johann Gottlob Pffreztchner, Mittenwald, 1791) Viola da Gamba Joanna Blendulf (Peter H(u")ttmansberger, 2007 Limz, Austria after Nicolas Bertrand, 1700) Baroque Guitar Kevin Cooper (Michael Schreiner, 2001 after Jean Voboam, 1690)

  26. Ensemble Oni Wytars 'La Follia, the triumph of Folly' cover cd Ensemble Oni Wytars - 15 kB
    • Title: Follia
    • Released 2013 by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi compact disc 88765449782
    • Duration: 3'21"
    • Recording date: October 1-3, 2011 in Kurtheater, Bad Kissingen, Germany
    • See also recommended recordings


  27. Grupo de música barroca 'La Folía', conducted by Pedro Bonet 'Música instrumental del tiempo de Velázquez (1599-1660)'
    cover cd Grupo de música barroca 'La Folía' 15kB Pedro Bonet wrote for the slipcase (translation by Josephine Watson):

    Falconiero often employed a descriptive style in them, as in the 'battle', the virtual character of which he allegorically located in the court of Satan, alongside the typical imitative techniques of instrumental chamber music of the first half of the seventeenth century, as in the canzona dedicated to the Serenissimo Don Juan, while in the folís dedicated to 'Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos' he applied the form with the variations that constitutes one of the most significant Iberian contributions to Baroque music.

    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 1999 by Dahiz compact disc 797-CD
    • Duration: 3'46"
    • Recording date: June 16-18, 1999 at the parish of Santiago el Mayor in Madrid, Spain.

  28. Hespèrion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall and others 'Altre Follie' cover cd Hespèrion XXI 'Altre Follie' 15kB

    Hesperion XXI plays Falconieri
    Duration: 4'29" direct link to YouTube
    © 2005 by Alia Vox

    • Manfredo Kraemer (violin), Mauro Lopes (violin), Balazs Mate (violoncello), Xavier Puertas (violone), Xavier Díaz-Latorre (theorbo), Carlos García-Bernalt (harpsichord)
    • Title: Folias (a 3) echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 2005 by Alia Vox compact disc AV 9844
    • Duration: 4'32"
    • Recording date: February 28-March 3 and June 6-9, 2005 in the Collégiale of the Château de Cardona, Catalogne
    • See also the page Recommended Folia-recordings

  29. I Furiosi (Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Julia Wedman (violin), Felix Deak (cello) with guests Lucas Harris (lute and theorbo) and James Johnstone (harpsichord) 'Crazy' I Furiosi , Warschau 15kB
    In the slipcase was written:

    Every Baroque composer worth his salt wrote a version of Les Folies D'Espagne, or La Folli´a or some variant of Folly. The ground bass is a repeated pattern which allows for any number of deviations to occur, thus creating variations, some of which can be truly crazy. I FURIOSI has chosen to record the adaptations by Antonio Vivaldi and Andrea Falconieri.

    • Title: Folias
    • Released 2008 by Dorian compact disc DRN 90802
    • Duration: 4'07"
    • Recording date: December 10-12, 2008 at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, Canada

  30. L'Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar theorbo, Marcello Vitale Baroque guitar, Charles Edouard Fantin Baroque guitar, Gebhard David cornet à bouquin, Paulina van Laarhoven lirone, Richard Myron bass) 'All' Improvviso L'Arpeggiata'
    cover cd Pluhar and l'Arpeggiata - 15kB

    Folías by l'Arpeggiata
    Duration: 3'58" direct link to YouTube
    © 2004 by Alpha

    • Title: Folias
    • Duration: 3'46"
    • Released 2004 by Alpha compact disc Alpha 512
    • Recording date: November 2003 and January 2004 at Paris, France

  31. La Douchaine: cover cd La Douchaine 15kB Barbara Hernández: recorder, Tatjana Gräfe: recorder Ricarda Hornych: lute, theorbo, Uwe Oltmanns: viola da gamba, David Kosviner: percussion (castagnets) 'recreo'
    • Title: Follía
    • Released 2005 by Cavalli Records compact disc CCD 273
    • Duration: 3'47"
    • Recording date: March 23-26, 2005 in Studio Cavalli-Records, Bamberg, Germany

  32. La Luna (Ensemble für 17th Century Music): Ingrid Matthews and Scott Metcalfe violin, Emily Walhout viola da gamba, Byron Schenkman harpsichord "Andrea Falconieri (1585/86-1657)"cover cd La Luna 15kB
    Scott Metcalfe wrote for the slipcase:

    The folia, meaning "mad" or "empty-headed," came from Portugal; it was originally a dance-song, fast and wild.

    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallernos
    • Released 1997 by Wildboar compact disc WLBR 9605
    • Duration: 3'47"
    • Recording date: July 1-3, 1996 at the Chirch of the Nativity, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

  33. La Turbulente cover cd La Turbulente - 15kB (Frédérique Thouvenot and Susi Möhlmeier (recorders) Claire Giardelli (cello & cello piccolo) Mirella Giardelli (keyboards) Pascal Monteilhet (theorbo & archlute) 'Amours, Zéphyrs et Sirènes'
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarofilla de Caralenos
    • Released 2003 by Naïve/Astrée compact disc E 8884
    • Duration: unknown
    • Recording date: October 2002 in in Olivier Messiaen Hall, Grenoble, France

  34. London Baroquecover cd London Baroque - 13kB 'The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy'
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos (from Il primo Libro di canzone, sinfonie)
    • Released 2012 by BIS compact disc 1795 
    • Duration: 3'25"
    • Recording date:unknown

  35. Musica Ad Rhenum (traverso, 2 violins, cello and harpsichord)
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Broadcasted by AVRO radio The Netherlands (Radio IV) April 08, 2001 (direct link)
    • Duration: 3'20"
    • Recording date: April 08, 2001 at De Kleine Zaal van het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

  36. Musicalische Compagney (cornetto, violin, dulcian, chitarrone, organ) 'Fiori Concertati: Castello, Falconieri, Kapsbergen' cover cd Fiori Concertati - 21kB
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Released 1983 by Teldec Classics International Gmbh, Hamburg, Germany
    • Digitally remastered (ADD) 1998, Teldec Classics International Gmbh, Hamburg compact disc 3984-21803-2
    • Duration: 4'15"
    • Recording date: not mentioned in the slipcase of the 1998 release

  37. Musikschule Bonn ''La Follia, Junge Interpreten spielen Alte Musik" cover cd Musikschule Bonn - 15kB
    • Zwei Sopranblockflöten und B.C.: Sophie Berke (recorder), Christina Hahn (recorder), Janna Herzig (harpsichord) and Antoni Gralak (violoncello)
    • Title: Folías echa para mi Señora
    • Released October 2007 by Musikschule Bonn compact disc without ordernumber
    • Conducted by Meike Herzig
    • Duration: 3'23"
    • Recording date: August 2007 in Studio Katharco, Bonn, Germany

  38. Quadriga Consort (Angelika Huemer: recorder, Karin Silldorff: recorder, Peter Trefflinger: Baroque cello, Nikolaus Newerkla: harpsichord) cover cd Quadriga Consort - 13kB 'Ground Ostinate Variationen'
    Elisabeth Kurz wrote for the slipcase:

    Für die Variation des frühen 17.Jahrhunderts sind das Weiterführen der spanisch-portugiesisch-italianischen Variationsmodelle und die Verbindung mit der Monodie und dem neuen Generalbass-Stil charakteristisch. Aufgrund des neuen Stils werden älteren Tanzbassgerüstvariationen (Folia, Passamezzo) nun durch neue, jetzt aber ausgesprochene Ostinatobass-Variationen bereichert: Ciacona, Passacaglia.

    • Title: Folias Echa Para Mi Señora Doña Tarolilla De Carallenos
    • Released 2003 by Harp compact disc LA73002
    • Duration: 3'38"
    • Recording date: September 17-20, 2002 in the Stiftskirche Pernegg (Niederösterreich)
  39. Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot and Romina Lischka: viola da gamba, Xavier Diaz-Latorre: guitar and theorbo, François Guerrier: harpsichord)

    Folías by Ricercar Consort
    Duration: 3'14" direct link to YouTube
    © 2012 by the Ricercar Consort

    • Title: Folias echa para my Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
    • Broadcasted the first of July 2012 live by radiostation RTBF (Belgium) of the program 'Folies d'Espagne' by the Ricercar Consort as part of Festival Musiq3 en direct de Flagey
    • Duration: 3'14"
    • Recording date: July 1st, 2012 at Flagey, Brussels, Belgium during a live performance
  40. Savall, Arianna (harp), Pierlot, Philippe (Viola da gamba) direction of the Ricercar Consort Ensemble 'Sopra la Rosa (cantates de Marazzoli, Vitali, Falconiero)' cover cd Arianna Savall - 16kB
    Philippe Vendrix wrote for the slipcase (in a translation by Mary Pardoe):

    Falconieri was prolific as a composer of vocal music, but he is best known for his instrumental works, which have come down to us in two collections, one of which was published, the other remaining in manuscript form. Most of his pieces, bearing titles such as canzona, sinfonia, capriccio or L'eroica, are in two, three or four sections. But two of his most famous works are much longer: he composed a passacaglia with no fewer than thirty-two variations, and a folia comprising sixteen.

    • Title: Folias pour violes et continuo (thème et 16 variations)
    • Released 2003 by Mirare compact disc BA6495 (MIR9931 - 3760020170318
    • Duration: 3'49
    • Recording date: October 20-24, 2002 in the church of Bra-sur-Lienne, Belgium
  41. La Selva (Carolina Pace - flauti dolci Diana Fazzini - viola da gamba, Michele Carreca- lute and theorbo)
    • Title: Folia
    • Broadcasted by I Concerti del Quirinale di Radio 3 in collaboration with Rai Quirinale (Italy) February 15, 2009
    • Duration: 4'11"
    • Recording date: February 15, 2009 in Cappella Paolina del Palazzo del Quirinale in Roma, Italy
  42. Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (Fava and Falcone violin, Vestidello cello, Rado archlute and guitar, Rosato harpsichord) 'Follie all'italiana, sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca'
    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarollila de Carallenos
    • Released 2001 Erato Disques, Paris, France compact disc 8573 85775-2
    • Coproduction Erato and Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
    • Duration: 3'52"
    • Recording date: June 11-14, 2000 Chiesa di S. Vigilio, Col San Martino Italy
  43. Voices of Music: Hanneke van Proosdij (recorder), Carla Moore (baroque violin), Elisabeth Reed (viola da gamba), Rodney Gehrke (baroque organ), Peter Maund (percussion), Cheryl Ann Fulton (triple harp), David Tayler (baroque guitar) an impression of the concert by ensemble Voices of Music  - 15kB

    Folías by Voices of Music during a live performance February 2014
    Duration: 4'07" direct link to YouTube
    © 2014 by Voices of Music, used with permission

    Voices of Music wrote about this performance at the YouTube page:

    The original title reads "Folias Echa Para Mi Señora Doña Tarolilla De Carallenos" (Primo libro di canzone, Naples, Paolini & Ricci, 1650). The composition uses the technique of "wandering variation," pioneered by Monteverdi and others, in which the composer creates musical episodes in the form of brief excursions from the standard variation pattern. Falconieri also adds a brief adagio to provide a moment of harmonic and rhythmic contrast before the final variations.
    The continuo group is here represented by the viola da gamba, organ, archlute and triple harp: in the 17th century it was not unusual to have a rich and varied continuo group; each player improvises a part that creates a unique "voice" in the texture as well as blends together to form a complete accompaniment.

    • Title: Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarollila de Carallenos
    • Released at YouTube March 30, 2014 by Voices of Music
    • Duration: 4'07"
    • Recording date: February 2014 at the Art of the Recorder- concert
    • the website of Voices of Music http://www.voicesofmusic.org/
Farago, Marcel (1924 - )
Variations, Opus 51 on a folia theme by Corelli for unaccompanied bassoon (1987)


Theme of 'Variations Opus 51 on a folia theme' © M. Farago, used with permission
Farago, score theme for bassoon solo - 07kB
cover cd David DeBolt - 10kB You can find more information about the oeuvre of Marcel Farago at http://www.faragomusic.com

  1. DeBolt, David 'David DeBolt, fagott och Jerry Davidson, piano'
    • Released 1995 by Crystal Records compact disc CD347
    • Duration: 7'11"
    • supported by Kent State University College of Research and Graduate studies.

  2. Ojeda, Raymond A.
    • Published 1987 by Kentfield California (98 Briar Road, Kentfield, CA 94904)
    • 5 pages, 32 cm

Fargas, Pau and Caselles, Sergi (duo)
Techno folia (elecdtronica)
The program included arrangements of compositions by Alonso de Mudarra: "Follia". Frans Liszt: "Rapsòdia espanyola", Arcangelo Corelli: "Follia". Sergei Rakhmàninov: Variacions sobre un tema de Corelli, op. 42. Anònims: "Follia antiga". "Follia criolla". "Ecos de folia"
  1. Fargas, Pau and Caselles, Sergi
    • Title: 'Techno folia'
    • Recorded live and broadcasted by Catalunya Música (ELS concerts) January 30, 2008
    • Duration: 59'00"
    • Recording date: February 28, 2007 in la Sala Polivalent 'Tete Montoliu' de l'Auditori de Barcelona, Spain

cover cd Sonnerie  - 21kB
Farinel(li), Michel (1649-unknown)
Faronell's Division on a Ground (1684): 11 variations
Both names 'Farinel' and 'Farinelli' are used in literature to indicate the one and only Italian violinist (with French origin?) who went to England and Germany. To confuse matters still more the tune is often called Far_o_nell's ground besides Farinell's ground. He contributed a lot to the popularity of the tune. The Ground is the basis of several pieces published in England about this time. His variations were published by John Playford in The Division Violin in 1684 (London) where it is listed in the index as 'A Division on Mr Farinell's Ground', and in the first part of The Division Flute published in 1704 by Walsh in London.

The sheet music of The Division Violin
© Public Domain
Source The Petrucci Library

Duration: 5'12", 09 kB.
The theme as indicated below followed by all variations


Theme of Faronell's Division on a Ground by Hudson Vol I, p. 102
Faronelli, opening score - 11kB
  1. Bakker, Robert (recorder) & Anderson, Anke (harp) 'Two centuries of English music' arrangements for recorder and harp' cover cd Bakker 24kB
    • Title: La Folia - Division on a ground
    • Arrangement for recorder and harp by S. Burgers
    • Released 1993 by Robagram Amsterdam, compact disc RBG 11193
    • Duration: 6'06"
    • Recording date: September 1992 and May 1993 in the 'Hervormde Kerk' in the village of Broek in Waterland near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  2. Douglas, David (violin), O'Dette, Paul (theorbo) & Lawrence-King, Andrew (harps) 'Apollo's Banquet, 17th century music from the publications of John Playford'
    Jack Ashworth and David Douglass wrote about this tune for the slipcase:
    cover cd Apollo's Banquet 15kB cover cd re release English Country Dances - 15kB

    Today, professional violinists play composed music for the most part, unlike the 17th century when the ability to improvise extensive figuration was as important to 'classically trained' musicians as it is to jazz players today. Indeed, collections such as 'The Division Violin' can be thought of as models for teaching improvisation as much as sources of performance repertory.
    Working within this context, David Douglas has varied the order and selection of variations in some cases and actually added his own to those found in Playford for two of the tunes, 'Paul's Steeple' and 'Faronell's Division'. The ground for this piece is well-known as a launching pad for divisions: it is the 'Folia' tune, familiar in settings by Corelli, Vivaldi, and others. Michel Farinel is one of the few non-English names we have in 'The Division Violin'; he was a french musician who studied in Rome and worked in Spain and France

    • Title: Faronell's Division on a Ground
    • Released 1998 by Harmonia Mundi France, compact disc HMU 907186 and released 2002 by Harmonia Mundi USA with the title 'English Country Dances' compact disc HCX 3957186
    • Duration: 7'26"
    • Recording date: April 4-6, 1997, Skywalker Sound, a division of LucasArts Entertainment Company, Nicasio California

  3. Hespèrion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall and others 'Altre Follie'
    Extremely nice arrangement with the harp as played by Arianna Savall
    cover cd Hespèrion XXI 'Altre Follie' 15kB cover of John Playfords publication 15kB Rui Vieira Nery wrote for the slipcase:

    This same combination of upper melody and harmonic bass circulated widely all over Europe and became a favourite object for variations, first in France itself, where it was employed by Lully and Marais, then in Germany, the Netherlands and England, where the publisher John Playford (1623-1687/88) included a set of Folia variations for the violin in his instrumental collection The Division Viol (London, 1685), under the title "Faronell's Division", which seems to have been traditionally associated with the Folia in that country. At the same time, the most commercially successful French and Italian dance treatises of the period, such as those by Feuillet (1700) and by Lambranzi (1716), spread the tune and the basic steps of this "Folie d'Espagne" through all the European market. With the development of the virtuosic repertoire for the violin at the turn of the century it was only natural that the Folia should be included in it.

    • Title: John Playford: Faronell's Division (1684)
    • Manfredo Kraemer (violin), Jordi Savall (basse de viole), Arianna Savall (arpa triple)
    • Released 2005 by Alia Vox compact disc AV 9844
    • Duration: 5'07"
    • Recording date: February 28-March 3 and June 6-9, 2005 in the Collégiale of the Château de Cardona, Catalogne
    • See also the page Recommended Folia-recordings

  4. The Isis Consort (Peter Hanson violin, Jane Coe cello, Martin Souter harpsichord) 'Music for an English Pleasure Garden' cover cd The Isis Consort 15kB
    In the slipcase is written:

    This recording takes the listener on an imaginary promenade of around an hour or so through one of these gardens, calling in at various places and listening to different types of music along the way. [...] Finally as we make our way towards the gate again, ready to go home, we hear another set of variations for violin, harpsichord and cello. La Folia was one of the eighteenth century's most popular melodies and known to everyone. Another Playford arrangement gives a fine flow to the melody (reputedly sung first by a madman in an Italian asylum) and the violinist becomes more ambitious and daring until the final flourish (with just a hint of madness, perhaps?) brings our music and garden walk to a close.

    • Title: La Folia
    • Released 1995 by Isis Records compact disc PTCD1
    • Duration: 3'18"
    • Recording date: not mentioned in the documentation

  5. Linde, Hans Martin (recorder), Konrad Ragossnig (guitar), Pere Ros (viol), Rudolf Scheidegger (harpsichord) 'Englische Blockflöte Musik' cover cd Bakker 24kB
    • Title: Faronel's Ground (from The Division Flute)
    • Released 1986 and 2004 by EMI CDC 7491612, HMV EMI 270404-1, His Master Voice 067-46 683 T
    • Duration: 4'20"
    • Recording date: 1985 in Endenburg, Danmark

  6. Linde, Hans Martin (recorder), Konrad Ragossnig (guitar), Pere Ros (viol), Rudolf Scheidegger (harpsichord) 'Englische Blockflöte Musik'
    cover cd Hans-Martin Linde 15 kB In the slipcase was written:

    The famous 'Follia' (here entitled Faronel's Ground) was also a frequent variation melody.

    • Title: Faronel's Ground (from The Division Flute, 1706 by anonymous)
    • Released 1986 by EMI CDC 7491612, HMV EMI 270404-1, His Master Voice 067-46 683 T
    • Duration: 4'47"
    • Recording date: 1985 in Endenburg, Danmark

  7. Musica Antiqua Provence conducted by Christian Mendoze 'Folies d'Espagne'
  8. cover of cd Musica antiqua Provence 15 Kb
    Adélaïde de Place wrote for the slipcase:

    Known as Folia in Italy, Follía in Spain or Folie in France, Folia is a melody that probably origintaed in Portugal and then passed through Spain before acutally gaining popularity in almost all European countries towards the end of the 15th century. French guitarist and lutenist Robert de Visée, musician for the Chamber of Louis XIV and guitar teacher for the young Louis XV, said that "in court so many couplets from which all concerts ring out, that I can only hear the folias of others". The well-known theme from the Folia - characterised by its sarabande rhythm and its moderate movement - would give rise to several variations.
    We have lost count of the number of musicians who haqvew developed or modified it. Some names that spring to mind include Corelli, Lully, Couperin, Vivaldi, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Marais, d'Anglebert, Telemann, without counting Paganini, Liszt or Rachmaninov much later. In France, it is often called Folies d'Espagne and, in the United Kingdom, Farinel's Ground after Michel Farinel (Farinelli), who was born in 1649 and worked in Grenoble at tyhe turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. Farinel was a pupil of Carissimi in Rome, then music superintendent in the court of Spain and Kapellmeister at the cathedral of Toulouse. His well-known variations on the theme were published in The Division Violin in 1684.

    • Title: Faronells Ground pour flûte à bec, basse continue et castagnettes (d'après la Folia de G.B. Farinelli)
    • Released 2009 by Integral Classic compact disc INT 221.169
    • Duration: 3'40"
    • Recording date: July 2008 in the Basilic of the Château de Valère in Sion (Schwitzerland)
  9. Oertle, Eva (traverso) and Greuter, Christoph (lute) cover cd Oertle 24kB
    • Title: Faronell's Ground
    • Released 2009 by Chronophon compact disc CP CD 0907
    • Duration: 4'48"
    • Recording date: October 2008 in Schlösschen, VorderBleichenberg, Biberist, Schwitserland

  10. Playford, John 'Division violin, Part 1, the first part of the division-violin: containing a choice collection of divisions to a ground for the treble-violin'
    • Title: Mr Farinell's ground
    • Published 1995 in New York, performers' facsimiles 115
    • Originally published London 1684
  11. See for the publication of the sheet music and video of Evelyn J.L. Puefken and Helmut Timpelan: Faronell’s Division on a Ground Für Clavier-Instrumente und Castagnetten (for keyboard instruments and castanets) html5t.html#puefken
  12. Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg (Rachel Harris: violin, Barbara Messmer: viola da gamba, Andrea Cordula Baur: archlute, Carsten Lohff: harpsichord) 'Division Violin - Part 1'
    cover cd Ensemble Schirokko 15kB Rachel Harris wrote for the slipcase:

    A pupil of Carissimi in Rome, Michel Farinel (1649-1726) travelled widely outside his home country of France, paying visits also to Portugal and England (1675-1679). In 1679 he went as part of a group of performers to Madrid and became superintendent of music and ballets to the Spanish queen. On his return some nine years later he bought a position as violinist at the court of Louis XIV, only to retire a year later to his home town of Grenoble to become maitre de chapelle at the convent at Montfleury.
    His personal reputation as a violinist stood high, but he survives in history as the arranger of Les Folies d'Espagne, known as Farinel's Ground. His set of variations on the folia has many similarities with Corelli's variations at the end of op.5, although Farinel's composition was printed by Playford some fifteen years earlier! Folias: "Originally a noisy dance accompanied by tambourines, and performed by men dressed as women, who behaved so wildly that they appeared to be out of their senses, whence the name Folia". .

    • Title: Division on a Ground
    • Released 2009 (?) by Ambitus compact disc amb 96941
    • Duration: 5'01"
    • Recording date: August 2007, St Pankratius, Ochsenwerder

  13. Sirinu (Sara Stowe harpsichord, Matthew Spring lute, Jon Banks harp, Henry Stobart recorder) 'Stuart Age Music, tunes from Troubled Times' cover cd Sirinu 15kB
    • Title: La Folia, division on a ground: Michel Farinel from The Division Flute (1706) for recorder and harpsichord
    • Released 1996 by Griffin & Co Ltd compact disc GCCD 4007
    • Duration: 4'39"
    • Recording date: November 29-30, 1995 at St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, England

  14. Trio Sonnerie, (violin, guitar, spinet, viol) 'A Gift of Nature; English chamber music of the 17th century'
    • Released by Teldec, Das Alte Werk compact disc 4509-90841-2
    • Duration: 5'17"
    • Recording date: December 1992
Fernández de Huete, Diego (1633/1643-1713)
Folía

A live performance 2008 by Le Poème Harmonique
Duration: 3'10" direct link to YouTube
© 2008 by Le Poème Harmonique
For their website http://www.lepoemeharmonique.fr/#/en

  1. Le Poème Harmonique (Kaori Uemura, Sylvia Abramowicz, Lucas Guimaraes (viola da gamba), Françoise Enock (violone), Angélique Mauillon (triple-harp), Joël Grare (percussion), Vincent Dumestre (conductor and baroque guitar))
    • Title: Folía
    • Broadcasted by AVRO radio (the Netherlands) in 'Het Middagconcert' October 15, 2008 and The Early Music Show of the BBC3 January 24, 2009
    • Duration: 3'10"
    • Recorded during the Festival Oude Muziek September 5, 2008 in Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn (near Utrecht), The Netherlands

Fetler, Paul (1920- )
Folia Lirica (2002) for guitar solo
This composition is dedicated to Thomas Koch. There are no particular variations (not specifically markes as variations) to distinguish in the sheet music.
Paul Fetler wrote about his composition:

If the Folia Lirica seems to be a throwback to earlier historic periods, my intention was clearly to tap the rich resources of a long-time tradition, and by doing so to search for ways to make it part of a viable personal expression. In short, the old gives rise to the new. The very opening is a broad defining statement of the principal idea combined with free flowing rhapsodic passages setting the mood of the Introduction. This is continued with a few more statements and passage work, after which the stage is set for the Exposition of the principal theme. This is then followed by a set of free variations and a development, making use of contrasting registers and moods. There is a moment of pause by means of a reflective interlude at the end of the development. After a restatement of the Exposition which contains additional development, the work ends with the theme in the bass register. This then is followed by a soft, steady ascent into the highest reaches of the instrument where the music disappears into the open.

  1. Ophee, Matanya edited the sheet music

Feuillet, Raoul-Auger (1660-1710)
Les Folies d'Espagne (1700)
cover cd Andrew Lawrence King 15kB Preserved in the first baroque dance-book Raoul-Auger Feuillet’s Chorégraphie (Paris, 1700)
Andrew Lawrence King wrote for the slipcase:

With the succession to the Spanish throne being an ever-present political concern, Iberian dances were in vogue throughout Louis’ reign. Musicians and dancers alike composed or improvised variations on les Folies d’Espagne Feuillet’s and Pécour’s contributions were published in the recueils, as were Pécour’s choreographies for Campra’s entrées espagnoles.

  1. Andrew Lawrence-King (baroque triple harp) 'Chorégraphie, music for Louis XIV’s dancing masters'
    • Title: Les Folies d'Espagne, Feuillet 1700, improvised after D’Anglebert, Marin Marias (1656-1728) and Francesco Corbetta (1615-1681)
    • Released 2007 by Harmonia Mundi compact disc HMU 907335
    • Duration: 5'05"
    • Recording date: March 2004 at St. Andrews Chuch, Toddington, England
    • Baroque triple harp by Chris Barlow, 2004 after 17th-c. Italian models
  2. The Harp Consort conducted by Andrew Lawrence-King (baroque triple harp)
    • Title: Les folies d'Espagne
    • Broadcasting of a live concert entitled 'From the Golden Age of the Spanish Renaissance' by ABC Classic FM Australia May 2, 2007
    • Duration: 4'34"
    • Recording date: May 8, 2006 at a Musica Viva concert in the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
    • Sound engineer: Yossi Gabbay and producer: Ralph Lane

Fibiger, Johann Friedrich (1680-1738)
Folie d'Espagne (for guitar)
Johan Friederich Fibiger was employed in the Royal Chapel after F. Hartmanns death in 1703, but already in 1698 he had become employed as Guitar Master for three years, and was most likely also a lutenist. He was the teacher of Princess Charlotte Amalie, Fredrick IVs daughter, in lute and guitar playing.
  1. Olsen, Ingolf 'La guitare royale, Ingolf Olsen plays royal Danish guitar music'
    • Title: Folie d'Espagne
    • Released 2004 by Universal compact disc 986656-6
    • Duration: unknown
    • Recording date: unknown

Flothuis, Marius Hendrikus (1914-2001) sheet music Twee stukken voor gitaar 15kB
Twee stukken voor gitaar, opus 22: 1 Folia 2 Habanera (1944)
  1. Flothuis, Marius Hendrikus
  2. Gallucci, Leonardo (guitar) 'KZ Musik, Vol. 7: Music Composed in Concentration Camps (1933-1945)' cover of compact disc  15kB
    • Title: Two pieces for guitar Op. 22: 1 Follia (2 Habanera)
    • Published 2009 by M.A.T. Music Team/KZ Music compact disc ordernr. 237524/09L087
    • Duration: 4'20" (2'35")
    • Recording date: unknown

Foley, Daniel Charles (1952- ) portrait of the composer Daniel Charles Foley 08kB
La Folia (1999) originally for a septet of instruments
Un soir de carnaval (1999) as the third of four movements entitled 'Hommage à Henri Rousseau'

This is a rather unique Folia since not only the theme of the later Folia but also twice the theme of the early Folia is clearly entangled in this composition.
Around these two themes Foley creates a rather chaotic setting (especially in the bridges between the different parts of the composition) to express the literal meaning of the word 'folia' (madness) with tools as unusual metres (11/8, 9/4, 7/8), dissonants and rhythmical devices.
In my perception a fragment of the Emperor Waltz by Strauss at first seems to offer firm ground, but this fleeting suggestion is washed away before it offers any real grip. Or could it be the symbol of an era which gave birth to the psychoanalysis, as a good friend suggested?


cover cd Arraymusic 11kB In March 2000 Daniel Foley wrote about these pieces:

I presume that it is obvious that I was attracted by this theme by my surname. My 'Folia' was originally composed to celebrate the Arraymusic ensemble's 25th anniversary and was originally scored for a septet of instruments. Since that time I revised the work for violin, bass clarinet and piano and incorporated in another work, 'Hommage to Henri Rousseau', where it appears as the third (of four) movements under the title 'Un soir de carnaval'. The duration of the piece (both versions are identical) is three minutes, twenty seconds. Arraymusic has announced their intention to record all 25 miniatures although the release date is still rather uncertain. However, the 'Rousseau' version of the piece was recorded recently by the Riverdale Ensemble.

The oeuvre and biography of Daniel Charles Foley can be found at http://www.pathcom.com/~fandoley/

Duration: 3'20", 14 kB.
All variations sequenced by the composer
© Daniel Charles Foley 1999, used with permission

Opening of 'La Folia'
for violin, bass clarinet and piano
© D.C. Foley (SOCAN)
reproduced with permission
Daniel Charles Foley, score of opening 'La Folia' - 23kB
  1. Foley, Daniel Charles
    • The score of La Folia , as well as the version included as the third movement of the score of 'Hommage à Henri Rousseau' for violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, and piano, are available from The Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1J9, tel.: 416-961-6601, fax: 416-961-7198, e-mail info@musiccentre.ca, website http://www.musiccentre.ca or www.centremusique.ca
    • The score is 6 pages size 21 x 29 cm
    cover cd Riverdale Ensemble 33kB
  2. Arraymusic ensemble (clarinetist Robert W. Stevenson, trumpeter Michael White, pianist Stephen Clarke, percussionists Richard Sacks and Blair Mackay, violinist Rebecca van der Post, bassist Roberto Occhipinti and conductor Henry Kucharzyk)
    February 29, Robert Everett-Green (music critic) wrote in the Globe and Mail:

    Daniel Charles Foley's La Folia had room for several clever new passes at an old theme, and even for a cameo by the ghost of Johann Strauss.

    • Duration 3'20"
    • Performed February 24, 25 and 26, 2000 in Toronto, Canada
  3. Arraymusic ensemble (clarinetist Robert W. Stevenson, trumpeter Michael White, pianist Stephen Clarke, percussionists Richard Sacks and Blair Mackay, violinist Rebecca van der Post, bassist Roberto Occhipinti and conductor Henry Kucharzyk) '25 miniatures'
    • Title: La Folia
    • Released 2001 by Artifact Music compact disc ART 025
    • Duration 3'21"
  4. Riverdale Ensemble (Ellen Meyer piano, Daniel Kushner violin, Stephen Fox bass clarinet) 'Foliage'
Ford, Andrew (1957- )
Folly for solo piano (2007)
portrait of Andrew Ford 15kB Commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey, funded by a composer fellowship from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Andrew Ford wrote in an e-mail 13 July 2007:

I thought you might like to know that I have recently completed Folly for solo piano, based on La Folia. It is an extremely virtuosic work which will have its first performance in Hobart, Tasmania, by Michael Kieran Harvey on 5th October 2007.

  1. Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)

Foreman, Edmund (c.1850-c.1910 ) a publication of Foreman 15kB
Folia di Spagna for banjo and piano
  1. No published music of Folia di Spagna for banjo and piano found.
    • Published in Pazdírek, Franz, The Universal Handbook of Musical Literature,VII, Wien, 1904-1910, p. 460
    • Thanks to François-Emmanuel de Wasseige for detecting this item in literature

Forsyth, Malcolm (1936 - )
Farinelli's Folly (for brass quintet)
cover cd True North Brass 15kB Sorry but little is known about this composition only that is was commissioned by True North Brass and the later Folia-theme is used as the subject in a somewhat similar way (also for brass ensemble) as the variations written by Jan Bach.
From the liner notes:

'Farinelli's Folly' is a sequel to Edmonton composer Malcolm Forsyth's popular brass quintet piece 'The Golyarde's Grounde,' and uses as its theme the renaissance melody "La Folia" (The Folly). This was a favourite of the celebrated and impossibly gifted castrato singer Farinelli (1705-1782), who used it as the basis for some increasingly complex and occasionally outrageous variations.

Two short remarks to avoid misunderstandings: firstly it is not the Renaissance melody (early Folia) that is the subject of this music but the Baroque theme as used by Lully, Vivaldi and Corelli amongst others (later Folia).
Secondly it is more than unlikely that the castrato singer Farinelli (1705-1782) was involved. Probably the name is once more mixed up with the violinist Farinel(li)/Faronell, who made the later Folia-theme popular in England (Faronell's Division on a Ground) long before it became famous all over Europe by Marais and Corelli.
  1. True North Brass 'Strong & Free'
    • Released 2000 by Opening Day Recordings compact disc ODR 9320
    • Duration: 7'34"
    • Recording date: 2000 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada
    • More about the oeuvre of True North Brass at te website http://truenorthbrass.com

Fossa, François de (1775-1849)
Cinquième fantaisie pour la guitare seule sur l'air des Folies d'Espagne composée et dediée a Mademoisselle Rosalie Opus 12 (1825/1826): 15 variations
The original manuscript is conserved at the Kongelige Bibliotek Copenhagen
According to the Edition Orphée publication:

This work must have been composed towards the end of 1825 and the beginning of 1826. This is evident from the fact that the second variation of this set, is included in the French and Spanish editions of Aguado's Escuela of 1826, but is not included in the first edition of the Escuela of 1825.

Theme of Fossa's Folies d'Espagne © Edition Orphée used with permission
De Fossa, opening score - 14kB
  1. Artzt, Alice (guitar) 'Variations, passacaglias and chaconnes'
    John Duarte wrote for the slipcase: cover cd Alice Artzt 17kB cover cassette Alice Artzt 20kB

    One of the grounds that took root in the seventeenth century was known as 'Las Folias', a name reflecting the abandoned character of the triple-time dance with which it was associated. It originated in Portugal, passed to Spain, and then to Italy from whence it was 'exported' by baroque guitarists to France. During these travels it became more stately, and acquired the musical characteristics by which it is now best known - that on which De Fossa's variations are based.
    How the composer [De Fossa] of such an attractive, resourceful and idiomatic work as the Variations on 'Las Folias', his opus 12 (1829), could remain in obscurity, unmentioned in all major works of reference until his 'rediscovery' in 1981 by the American musicologist Matanya Ophee, remains a mystery.

    • Title: Variations on 'Las Folias de Espagna op. 12'
    • Released 1989 by Hyperion Records Limited, London compact disc CDH88026 and Helios chrome cassette KH88026, 1989
    • Duration: 5'46"
    • Recording date: April 30 & May 1, 1988

  2. Francisco Ortiz, J. 'François de Fossa, oeuvres pour guitare' cover cd Francisco Ortiz 15kB
    • Title: Cinquième fantaisie sur l'air des Folies d'Espagne, Op. 12'
    • Released unknown year (it is not indicated in the slipcase or container) by Octave, compact disc OCT J90
    • Duration: 5'55"
    • Recording date: January 15-17, 1996 at Payral Castillet de Perpignan, France
    • Guitar built by M.G. Contreras in 1979

  3. Martinez, Kurt (guitar) 'Folías' cover cd Martinez 15kB
    • Title: Les Folies d'Espagne
    • Released without indication of year (but it is 2003) by martinezkurt@cs.com without order number
    • Duration: 6'34"
    • Recording date: not mentioned in the slipcase
    • See also the page Recommended Folia-recordings

  4. Noad, Frederick. editor of the sheet music in 'Solo guitar playing, Vol 2. p. 68
    • Published by Amsco Publications, a division of Music Sales Corporation, New York. US
    • Publishers No. UK ISBN 0.7119.76554
  5. Ophee, Matanya. editor of 'Cinquième Fantaisie sur l'air des Folies d'Espagne, Op. 12'
    cover de Fossa publication 27kB In June 1990 Matanya Ophee wrote as an introduction for this publication:

    The theme of Les Folies d'Espagne needs no introduction. As a dance form, and a particular chord sequence, it followed the evolution of the guitar from its earliest times. At the latter half of the 18th century, the theme was used in many guitar tutors as a vehicle for teaching right-hand arpeggios, appearing with a large number of variations, each in a different r.h. formula. The practice continued well into the 19th century and one can find it in the works of Baillon, B.C.D., Doisy, Carulli and many other. The variations on the theme by Sor and Giuliani are very well-known today as examples of concert level compositions, not specifically intended for didactical purposes. The present work of de Fossa's gives us a fresh insight into the technical possibilities of the guitar, far ahead of its time.

  6. Ophee, Mantanya, editor of of 'Cinquième Fantaisie sur l'air des Folies d'Espagne, Op. 12'
    • Published November 1981 in 'Soundboard', Volume VIII, number 4
    • p. 336

  7. Yamashita, Kazuhito (guitar) cover Kazuhito Yamashita 15kB
    Matanya Ophee wrote as an introduction in the slipcase:

    This work must have been composed towards the end of 1825 and the beginning of 1826. The theme of Les Follies d´Espagne needs no introduction. As a dance form, and a particular chord sequence, it followed the evolution of the guitar from its earliest times. The variations on the theme by Sor and Giuliani are very well-known today as examples of concert level compositions. The present work of de Fossa's gives us a fresh insight into the technical possibilities of the guitar, far ahead of its time.

    • Title: Cinquième Fantasie sur l'air des Folies d'Espagne, Op.12
    • Released 1995 by BMG BVCC-719 (74321-31734-2)
    • Duration: 5'56"
    • Recording date: June 2-4, 1995 at Shirakawa hall, Nagoya, Japan
  8. Zvellenreuther, Jean-Marc 'Folias'
    Actually the piece 'sobre un fragmento de Fossa' is attributed to Francisco Tarrega for this recording. However Matanya Ophee wrote already in 1981 that the Tarrega-piece is simply a rip off of the second variation of de Fossa's Variation. In a message in the newsgroup rec.music.classical.guitar January 17, 2002 he wrote as a reaction of mentioning the Tarrega-folia by Zvellenreuther:

    [...] I wrote about this in 1981, this is the very reason I go into de Fossa research, and thus into guitar history research, and to see this being repeated as a Tarrega piece is just plain infuriating.

    Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther (translation into english by by Atez Eloiv) wrote for the slipcase:

    the Folia theme is treated with arpeggios with 'campanellas', that is to say the use of open strings to imitate the sound of little bells, in an atmosphere that is very sort and intimate dear to the composer.

    • Released by La Follia Madrigal 1999 compact disc LFM099900
    • Duration: 0'33"
    • Recording date: September 1999 at La Cave Dimière, Argenteuil France

Frandsen, John(1956- )
Folia Folle (2008)
cover of cd Refolia - 15 Kb portrait of composer Frandsen - 15 Kb John Frandsen wrote about his Folia Folle:

.”La Folia” is an old basic musical form, presumably of folkloristic origin, who found its way to the classical music during the 17th century. There is a fixed chord sequence, upon which you can create numerous melodies or improvisations – in fact you could call it the blues pattern of the baroque. It is therefore a bit of a challenge to compose a modern Folia in a musical language not entirely tonal. In ”Folia Folle” (a Foolish Folia …!) I have used partly the metric structure of the classical Folia, partly references to one of the best known Folia themes in the literature. Even the very first figure in the guitar hits the core notes of the Folia in a quick tempo. And in this way detached basic material and wreckage from the long and motley history of the Folia emerge occasionnally and disappear again.

  1. Borbye, Anders 'Refolia, contemporary works for guitar'
    Click to listen to the soundfile, fragment of Refolia

    Duration: 0'43",651 kB. (128kB/s, 44100Hz)
    Fragment of Folia Folle, performance by Anders Borbye
    © 2008 Anders Borbye, used with permission


Composers letter: Anonymous, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z

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