Flexi Quartet – Variations on “La Folia”


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This is a very flexible arrangement of the tune “La Folia” (which means “The Madness” in Spanish. With the exception of F parts there are enough combinations here to suit any ensemble. I already have a horn quintet version of La Folia, which I have also released. As well as parts for all four lines in Bb, Eb and C in Treble, alto and bass clefs, scores in each of these three keys are also provided making leading the ensemble easier.

This piece was an ‘earworm’ of its day. I was copied and arranged
for almost every conceivable type of ensemble by every major composer.
The most famous settings are probably those by Purcell, Corelli and Handel, but
this is a relatively unknown setting, originally for brass instruments,
but it transfers very well onto other instruments..

the full statement of the theme with simple harmony, there come three
variations, each becoming a little more complex using the usual
Renaissance/Baroque technique of divisions, whereby each variation uses
ever smaller note values.

This set is relatively simple and should not be beyond most ensembles.

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