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

(in alphabetical order of composer, letter H)

Händel, (Handel or Haendel), George Frideric (1685-1759)
See: some similar music
Händel did not write any variations on the la Folia-theme but often people are referring to the Sarabande in D Minor from harpsichord suite nr. 11, Book II (1727) as Händel's Folia because the structure and treatment of the piece is quite similar to the La Folia-variations.
Hallberg, Bengt (? - )
LP Hallberg's surprize 15kB
La Folia based upon A. Corelli (1987)

Bengt Hallberg in his Folia interpretation
Duration: 6'09" direct link to YouTube
© 1987 by Bwngt Hallberg

  1. Hallberg, Bengt (jazzy-piano) ' Hallberg's Surprise or not even the old masters can feel safe'
    Carl-Gunnar Ahlen wrote for the cover:

    Among Swedish piano players there are few with such rich experience of improvisational playing as Bengt Hallberg. Although no person with normal general knowledge can have failed to hear him in some of the different constellations in which he has taken part during almost 40 years, it is not every day that he is giving a piano recital of his own, although of course only on his own special terms ....

    • Released 1987 by Phontastic LP PHONT 7581
    • Duration: 6'00"
    • Recording date: March 25 and 26 and May 18, 1987 at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, Sweden

Harms, Wieland (? - )
Folia cd and sheet music 15 kB
This is kind of a hard-rock version for electric guitar and ment as a teaching device.
  1. Harms, Wieland 'Paganini & Co. für E-Gitarre, 13 klassische Stücke für E-Gitarristen'
    • Released by Gerig Verlag as a compact disc and sheet music with tablatures (92 pages in format 21 x 29 cm).
    • Duration: 3'04"
    • Recording date: unknown

The Harp Consort (ensemble)
Les Folias d'Espagne nach Marin Marais
  1. The Harp Consort (Andrew Lawrence-King: director and harp, Rodrigo del Pozo: guitar, Steve Player: dance and guitar, Hille Perl: viola da gamba, lirone and guitar, Lee Santana: theorbe and guitar, Pedro Estevan: percussion) 'IX. Internationales Bodensee-Festival '97: Kultur aus Spanien'
    • Released 1997 by Bodensee Festival 3 cd-box BSF 97/1-3 (CD 1: Spanische Musik des Mittelalters und der Renaissance)
    • Duration: 3'44"
    • Recording date: Mai 14, 1997 in Lindau, Stadttheater (a live recording) Herluf Donslund, Keld Nørgaard, Else Madsen, Poul Lendal and Ole Stripp.

Harpens Kraft (ensemble)
La Folia
cd and sheet music 15 kB As in many Scandinavian Folias consists this tune of two parts. The first part is following the chord progression of the Folia although not all the chords have the same duration.
  1. Harpens Kraft (Herluf Donslund - Nøgleharpe (nyckelharpa), violin and hardingfele Keld Nørgaard - Sækkepiber (bagpipes), guitar, violin, keyboards, humell, lerkrukke, mundspil (Jew's harp) and keyboard, Else Madsen - accordion , kirkeorgel and bjælder Poul Lendal - Lire, skovtromme, guitar, mundspil, kantele and slagtøj (flute), Ole Stripp - Bass and slaghumle)
    • Released May 2001 by CD-Roots compact disc ordernr. 16.99
    • Duration: 4'15"
    • Recording date: unknown

Harrison, Ian (? - )
Follia Gaitata (for bagpipes and drums) cd Ensemble Oni Wytars 15 kB
Although the Folía is in the chord progression of the later Folía as classified by Richard Hudson, all ingredients of the early Folía are present (instrumentation and rhythm).
  1. Ensemble Oni Wytars 'La Follia, the triumph of Folly'
    • Released 2013 by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi compact disc 88765449782
    • Duration: 2'08"
    • Recording date: October 1-3, 2011 in Kurtheater, Bad Kissingen, Germany
    • See also recommended recordings

Harrison, Rebecca (1986- )
Las Folias (for orchestra)
portrait of Rebecca Harrison 15kB Click to listen to the soundfile, fragment by the instrumental tutors at the campof the Australian Youth Orchestra

Duration: 1'26", 1300 kB. (128kB/s, 44100 Hz)
Fragment of Las Folias as played by the the instrumental tutors at the camp of the Australian Youth Orchestra
© 2006 by Rebecca Harrison, used with permission

Rebecca Harrison wrote about Las Folias:

Las Folias was written and performed as part of the composition program at National Music Camp 2007, run by the Australian Youth Orchestra. The program centred around writing Variations on a Theme, and the themes provided for the young composers were taken from classical works that were also Variations on a Theme.

Las Folias is inspired by Geminianiís Folia variations, in turn based on the variations by Corelli. In contrast to the Baroque ornamentation of these earlier works, Las Folias veers freely into the realms of neo-Classicism and neo-Romanticism. It is scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

  1. The Australian Youth Orchestra
    • Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
    • Duration: 4'50"
    • Recording date: January 19, 2007 during the composition Concert, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Australia
    • The entire piece and more about Rebecca Harrison can be found at http://www.myspace.com/rebeccaharrisonmusic

Heaton, Elizabeth (1965- ) beautiful path yet familiar direction
La Follia
Some Folias are composed without the awareness that the Folia theme is involved. The mind is spinning a web of smooth chords and melody lines to find out later that a familiar theme is involved. A fascinating process in itself. Click to listen to the soundfile, La Follia by Elizabeth Heaton

Duration: 1'55", 9 kB.
La Follia by Elizabeth Heaton
© 2004 Elizabeth Heaton, used with permission

Elizabeth Heaton wrote in September 2008 about her Folia:

It's funny how this theme and harmony gets into one's head; it got into mine and started to generate variations before I even knew its name. I must have heard it somewhere because I asked a friend who knows about early music if she knew La Follia and she gave me some sheet music that matched the tune in my head. The well-defined harmonic structure made it possible for me to write variations with only a very basic knowledge of harmony. I was also inspired by Benjamin Britten's 'Noye's Fludde', which builds up rich musical textures from very simple elements so that everyone can join in.

A light-hearted and very amateur group of friends played my variations for descant recorder, flute, cello and piano at our Arts Festival in Derby (England) in May 2004. I have also arranged it for a slightly larger ensemble to play in August 2008, and it is intended to be adaptable for any smallish group.

  1. Elizabeth Heaton and the Borrowed Din Quartet

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012 )
Aria de la Folia española: for chamber orchestra (St. Paul (Minnesota), September 17, 1977)
Commissioned by the Minnesota Chamber Orchestra
Aria de la Folia española: for orchestra ( Bournemouth, April 23, 1979)
  1. Henze, Hans Werner portrait of Henze -21kB
    • Published by B. Schott's Sohne c.1978
    • Duration: c.22'00"
    • Score 100 p., 33 cm
    • Publisher No. ED 6841 ('Studien- und Dirigierpartitur ohne soloinstrument')
    • ISMN: M-001-07248-9
  2. l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg , conductor Latham-König, Jan
    • Broadcasted by WDR radio in the program 'Musikpassagen' (Germany) November 27, 1999
    • WDR Eigenproduktion
    • Duration: c.19'36"

Hladek, Stefan(? - )
Sonata op. 1 Nr. 12 "La Follia" RV 63 (in an arrangement for 4 guitars)
  1. Barrios Guitar Quartet Barrios Guitar Quartet at YouTube  15kB
    An arrangement for four guitars of an extract of Vivaldi's Follia.

    Live concert of the ensemble
    Duration: 4'17" direct link to YouTube
    © 2014 by Barrios Guitar Quartet

    • Title: Sonata op. 1 Nr. 12 "La Follia" RV 63
    • Arrangement by Stefan Hladek
    • Published by Barrios Guitar Quartet at YouTube January 2014
    • Duration: 4'17"
    • Recording date: unknown
    • The website of Barrios Guitar Quartet http://www.bgq.de/index_e.html

Howard, James Newton
See Newton Howard, James (composers letter N)
Hrubý, Jan (? - )
La Folia
cd Hrubý 8kB Jan Hruby (violin, organ, keyboards, percussion) Andrea Hruba (flute) Rudolf Halek (accordion).
Kind of synthesizer Folia based upon the version of Corelli.
  1. Hrubý, Jan 'Cesty...'
    • Released 2001 by Indies Records
    • Duration: 2'35"
    • Recording date: 2001 location unknown


Hübscher, Jürgen (? - )
La Follia Anonymous (18th century)
cd La Volta 2005 15kB This Folia starts like a mandolin concert by Vivaldi, but before you realize it you are way up in the Andes.
Jürgen Hübscher wrote about this Folia in an e-mail January 2006:

On behalf of the Follia I can give you the following informations: It is an arrangement of mine. I used some parts of the "Folias de Espagna" for Salterio which is described at your website (Manuscript Barcelona, 1764). The Edition of Karl-Heinz Schickhaus was used as "basic source" for my arrangement and I added about 10 "new" Variations of my own invention in the style of Sanz/Corelli and named it La Follia.
It was arranged for my Ensemble LA VOLTA for two concertizing soprano-instruments: Baroque Mandolin ( 6-course mandoline) and Charango (sic!), a small guitar (played in some Lateinamerican countries) My tuning is the same G.Sanz demands in his Instructions. As instruments for the Basso Continuo I used a bass-cittern (Pandora) and a small cittern. The bass-part is executed by a mexican Guitarron, an acoustic 6 string "double-bass-guitar", tuned on octave lower than the normal guitar. So my arrangement demands 5 musicians.

Click to listen to the soundfile, fragment by volta

Duration: 1'08", 1109 kB. (128kB/s, 44100 Hz)
The last 3 variations as played by La Volta
© 2005 by Jürgen Hübscher, used with permission

  1. La Volta Ensemble directed by Jürgen Hübscher 'Hermes' Invention'
    • Released 2005 by Doberman-Yppan compact disc DO 540
    • Duration: 07'35"
    • Recording date: May 2005 (not indicated in the documentation) in Tonstudio EDT ('Adullam Kapelle'), Basel, Switzerland
    • More about La Volta at the website http://www.la-volta.com
    • Distribution for USA/ Canada: www.dobermaneditions.com

La Follia version 2012, anonymous, 18th Century, Italy
La Volta with the 2012 edition at YouTube 15kB

A live performance of La Volta including a poem by Heine
Duration: 9'04" direct link to YouTube
© 2012 by La Volta, used with permission

  1. La Volta Ensemble directed by Jürgen Hübscher
    • Title: La Follia, version 2012, anonymous, 18th Century, Italy
    • Released by Jürgen Hübscher at YouTube July 9, 2012
    • Duration: 9'04" (including the poem by Heinrich Heine "Don Henriques")
    • Instruments: 6 course Baroque Mandolin, "Baroque"- Charango, Pandora, Cuatro Puertorricense, Mexican Guitarron
    • Recording date: June 16, 2012 in Basel, Schwitzerland

La Folia for baroque guitar solo (second half of the 17th century)
cd Edition Open Windows 15kB In the documentation is stated that the manuscript was used from an Italian private collection.
Jürgen Hübscher wrote about this Folia in an e-mail January 2006:

I recorded another Folia for baroque guitar solo for the Label Open Windows. I simply forgot that I recorded it for this production. This Folia is a result of my "improvising exercises" on the subject. Finally I wrote it down in tabulatur; but changed it constantly, when I performed it in concerts. I did'nt want to use my name as "composer", so I atributed it to the "famous" Anonymous. A slightly different version I recorded for the Leonarda-Label in New York, Title "La Musica" which is already listed on your website.

Click to listen to the soundfile, fragment by Hübscher

Duration: 1'10", 1126 kB. (128kB/s, 44100 Hz)
The last 4 variations as played by Jürgen Hübscher
© 1988 by Jürgen Hübscher, used with permission

  1. Hübscher, Jürgen (baroque guitar) 'Italienische Musik für Laute / Barockgitarre und Cembalo / Tischorgel 1550 - 1760'
    • Title: Anonym La Folia
    • Released 1988 by Edition Open Windows vinyl OW 0.03 and compact disc OW 003
    • Duration: 06'30"
    • Recording date: May 1988 in St. Martin-Kirche, Trochtelfingen
La Folia (17th century)
cover of LP La Musica 16th and 17th Century Music  15 kB cover of cd Musica 16th and 17th Century Music  15 kB Unfortunately no detailed source is mentioned for this piece in the documentation of the vinyl recording. There is a theme and 12 variations which all follow closely the later Folia-structure. The two different playing styles 'rasgueado' or strumming style (variations 3, 10 and 12) and 'punteado' or plucking style are featured in a virtuoso way.
Carol Plantamura and Jürgen Hübscher wrote about the Folia-composition:

La Folia is an anonymous seventeenth-century piece for Spanish guitar from a private Italian manuscript.

  1. Hübscher, Jürgen (baroque guitar) 'La Musica, 16th and 17th Century Music'
    • Released 1985 by Leonarda LP LPI 123, re-released 2005 by Leonarda compact disc LE 350
    • Duration: 6'08"
    • Recording date: July 1984 at Congregation Eman-EL of Westchester, Westchester County, New York, USA.

Hufeisen, Hans-Jürgen & Plüss, David (duo)
La follia (1987) for recorder and piano
cd Die neue Flöte 15kB cd Zauber der Flöte 15kB A rather straight forward Folia for recorder and piano.
Hans-Jürgen Hufeisen plays a variety of different recorders from piccolo to sub-bass. He has a classical background and his music features traditional pop and jazz elements.
  1. Hufeisen, Hans-Jürgen 'Die neue Flöte'
    • Released 1987 by Boulevard Records Hammer Musik GmbH compact disc BLDCD 514
    • Duration: 05'03"
    • Recording date: not mentioned in the slipcase, recorded in recording studio Ebony in Wohlen, Switserland and Tonstudio Leonberg in Leonberg, Germany
  2. Hufeisen, Hans-Jürgen 'Zauber der Flöte'
    • Released 1999 by Bell compact disc ordernumber unknown
    • Duration: 05'03"
    • Recording date: unknown in recording studio Ebony in Wohlen, Switserland and Tonstudio Leonberg in Leonberg, Germany

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk (1778-1837)
Lento from Ballet Suite Das Zauberschloss (c. 1820)
cd Hummel 5 kB The Folia theme can be heard in a traditional fashion from 12'03" till 13'24"

Derek Carew for the slipcase in 2007:

Ballet suite 'Das Zauberschloss'
Unlike Sappho, this work was not published in any form and even less is known about it. There is no mention of a performance, although since it too was written for Viganò, it seems likely that it received at least one.
[...] A final, longer try still fails, but after a short return to the rustic style, the music changes to a slow, stately rendering of the then well-known tune 'La Follia'(or 'Folies d'espagnol') which, already centuries old and featuring in countless variation-sets during that time, is here subjected to Hummel's varying.
It appears first on strings alone, then on oboe accompanied by a countermelody on violins, with all the strings playingquite a tricky pizzicato. A bassoon joins the oboe and the section comes to a decisive end.

  1. London Mozart Players directed by Howard Shelley 'Hummel, premiere recordings'
    • Released 2007 by Chandos Records compact disc Chan 10415
    • Duration: 19'13"
    • Recording date: July 3 and 4, 2006 in St. Silas the Martyr church, Kenrish Town
The Hurdy-Gurdy Band (ensemble)
La Follia Itinerante for hurdy gurdies and violin
cd The Hurdy-Gurdy Band 15 kB Donald Heller wrote in an e-mail 23 March 2011:

The music of La Follia is the soundtrack of my life. We have used several different sources of inspiration for our "anonymous" follia: Nicholas Chedeville's Follia for two hurdy-gurdies, the anonymous Faronel's Ground, an anonymous Italian Follia, as well as inspirations from the usual gang: Corelli, Marais, Vivaldi, etc.
You are right in that the arrangement is ours: in fact, this recorded version of my wife Anicet and I on Hurdy-Gurdies and our son Julien, on violin, is an improvisation (based on the works mentioned) and as such, is a bit different whenever we play it together. In fact, I've been working hard since we made that recording and have in my Follia bag of tricks many other couplets, esp. from the Chedeville.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Band wrote for the slipcase in 2009:

La Follia, also known as Les Follies d'Espagne and Faronel's Ground, is a proud and anguished melody that is played above a pulsing bass line, and is then followed by sets of variations, or couplets. More than three hundred composers have created their own interpretation of La Follia, a tradition that began four hundred years ago and continues to this day.

The last track is a Follia and gives the CD its name:
La Follia Itinerante: the itinerant madness, der Fahrende Wahnsinn. It is that moment in time and place when the soul catches a slow motion glimpse of itself traveling willy-nilly through the maelstrom of the great vortex. At once noble and base, it is coloured in a chromatic blue melancholy and dry red pathos. There too is the peace that comes with acceptance of one’s fate…and the anguished impossibility of not struggling against this same fate…la Follia Itinerante holds up a mirror that we may see our selves as we really are: beggars naked before God. And makes us laugh at our own pitiful and ludicrous condition. A true Follia is unique at each playing. It exists for a moment and then vanishes. This one was caught on a warm and sunny afternoon in a garden house on the southern slopes of the Schwarzwald. It takes as inspiration the Follias of Nicholas Chédeville, Corelli, Vivaldi, Marais and the many other composers, known and unknown, who have added to our treasure store of Follias.

  1. The Hurdy-Gurdy Band: Anicét Heller (hurdy-gurdy), Julien Heller (violin) and Donald Heller (hurdy-gurdy) 'La Follia Itinerante: Baroque Street Music for Two Hurdy-Gurdies & Violin Vol. I"

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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