Which versions of the later Folia have been
written down, transcribed or recorded?
(in alphabetical order of composer, Letter N)
Napoli, Jacopo (1911-1994)
'Other variations on Alessandro Scarlatti's La Follia. This piece might also be called
'Omaggio a Scarlatti'(?), but documentation is very scarce.
Giudici, Carla (piano) 'Voice of the whale'
In the slipcase of this disc is mentioned that the piece was based on a manuscript given
to (Giudici) long before the numerous changes of the later published score as published by Carisch.
Released 1994 by Zuma Records compact disc ZMA 102
Recording date: June 15-17, 1994 in New York City
Newton Howard, James (1951- )
The Wedding 1'39"
The cabinet of curiosities 2'54"
Merivel Woos Celia (partial) 2'26"
The right knowledge (partial) 2'06"
Katherine's death (partial) 4'37"
Night sweats (partial) 3'03"
Doctor Merivel 1'50"
The fire (partial) 3'18"
This is the story of a Doctor Merivel, who falls in love with the mistress of the king. He gets banished
from the court when the king founds out that Merivel is pretending that the king is no longer in love with his mistress in the
hope that Merivel himself can win the charms of the mistress. In the end when the black death seperates the king and
his mistress, as a doctor he knows how to bring the couple together again without revealing his name.
My favorite film music (of course!). This more than excellent music is also used for the promotion of other films in trailers, so beware!
The Folia can be traced at least at 6 scenes in the film:
The king asks Merivel, as a doctor to look after his dog. The dog has been ill for some time.
The majestic entree of the king's mistress at the wedding party where she marries Merivel so she can be at the court without
any questions asked in the presence of the king.
Banished from court Merivel realizes that the occupation as a doctor back in the city will be his main task and particularly
to take care of one of his patients who is pregnant.
The scene where the baby can't be delivered in a natural way and the mother sacrifices her life for the baby
The great fire of London where Merivel is looking for the baby he left in a spot to treat the illness of the king's mistress
During a part of the end credits of the film
Newton Howard, James 'Music from the Miramax motion picture soundtrack Restoration'
Orchestration: Weidman, Alexander, Bennett, Nemitz, Newton Howard
Released 1995 by Milan (BMG) compact disc 73138 35707-2
Duration: approx 14'49"
Recording date not indicated in the documentation recorded at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall
Nicolis, Nicola (1949- )
Folías para el año 2006
Nicola experimented with the note-for-note Baroque material of Arcangelo Corelli and has
put it in a completely modern sound spectrum. The sound of compressed percussive energy in a metal environment comes to
my mind. Together with the motorial drone of the beat the association of a long distant train is hard to miss.
The first folia, "folías para el año 2006", was made combing several midi files of
Corelli's folia, files that I've found on the web. While being faithful transcriptions, they are of different
lenghts, and putting them one over the other generates a phasing that results funny to my ears.
The sounds are my responsability. It was made in Cubase SX.
Released 2006 by Nicola Nicolis compact disc
Recording date: April 2006 in Verona, Italy
Folía para salír
This timbre of the sound is closely related to the other composition of Nicola. The energetic wind sounds as an uncontrolled
rudimentary force and the melody of the Folía is interwoven in these forces of nature as if is stated that this might have been
one of the earliest tunes exposed to the habitat. The meditative and reflective elements are generated by the echo-effects and the
rhythmic drone of the beats.
Pierre Féruselle wrote for the Minkoff-edition about Manuscrit de Mademoiselle la Pierre 'Pieces de clavecin":
This collection of harpsichord pieces is a manuscript whose pedagogical aims are clearly indicated. It was begun on 6 Septembr 1687, the day of the first lesson for a certain Mlle de La Pierre. It then seems to have served another pupil by the name of Mlle Le Noble, for whom the pieces proposed as exercises were copied straight after the first group. It is possible that both these harpsichordists had the same teacher, but in this case one would have to ask why the teachershould re-copy for the second pupil in the same manuscript some twenty pieces which he had already used with the first pupil.
It seems that Mlle Le Noble was more gifted than Mlle de La Pierre, at least as a composer, for she "invented" the eight couplt of the Folies d'Espagne. At all events this represents a music notebook whose physical unity (format, paper, watermarks) is clear. The date 29 January 1730 written on the flyleaf of the Le Noble part seems to be much later yhan the two copyists' hands.
Anonymous and Mademoiselle le Noble
Title: Folies d'Espagne
in: Livre de Mademoiselle Le Noble
Published c. 1680, re published 1983 by Minkoff Reprint. Genève, Suisse
Pages: 1v-8, 8e couplet 5
Manuscrit de Mlle La Pierre, pièces de clavecin: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, Rés. Vmd. ms. 18
Follia is based on a theme of a popular music of the Middle Age. All the variations are composed by Rachel Nusbaumer.
She wrote that she is definitely not a real composer and made up the variations just for the fun.