Horn 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).

This piece was an ‘earworm’ of its day. It 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..

After 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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Baroque Period


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