||La Folia: New Variations on an Old Theme
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- 2 sopranos, 4 altos, 2 tenors, bass, great bass, contrabass, with optional sopranino and garklein
"Ma Follia" is a series of variations on the famous "La Folia" ground bass. Many composers have written Folia variations, including Corelli, whose variations are popular among recorder players. This piece is written as a reaction against the Corelli variations; one might say they take up where Corelli left off. For instance, Ma Follia features a variation with a 4-over-3 rhythm, a hokket variation where 2 groups of recorders interweave, some chromatism, and finally a jazzy variation that quotes the "Chattanooga Choo-choo". The set of variations ends with the requisite variation in major, and a grand choral finale.