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Andrea Falconieri: Folias (La Folia); Voices of Music
Seeded by voicesofmusic on 30 Mar 2014
Author: Voices of Music
Andrea Falconieri's setting of the "La Folia" dance, performed on original instruments by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. HD video from the "Art of the Recorder" concert, February, 2014. 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. Featuring Hanneke v
Ensemble: Voices of Music