La Follia

55a0df4a41ab2eab6735f23b382ff41c_concert-hall-orchestra-orchestra-clipart-black-and-white_483-357
Concert Hall Orchestra Illustration

 

Title: La Follia
Date: 1700
Composer: Arcangelo Corelli
Movement: Baroque
Italian
1653 – 1713

Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer. He studied under Giovanni Battista Bassani and Matteo Simonelli. Corelli’s first major success was at the age of 19 in Paris. By 1679 he had entered the service of Queen Christina of Sweden, who after her abdication had moved to Rome and had established an academy of literati, known as the Arcadian Academy.

La Follia is a specific framework that composers of the Baroque era applied to simple melodies in minor keys. It is a compositional-improvisational process which could generate the required sequence of chords and became a standard chord progression. The Follia generally comes at the beginning of a composition, giving way to the partial or pure improvisational section before ending with a return to the Follia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s