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Les Folies d'Espagne
Pièces de viole, Book 2, published 1701

'La Folia' (CDA67035)
La Folia
'Marais: La Folia & other works' (CDH55235)
Marais: La Folia & other works
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Track 2 on CDA67035 [16'23]
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Les Folies d'Espagne

The Parisian Marin Marais’s (1656–1728) Folies d’Espagne appeared in his second book of Pièces de Viole. Since the preparation and engraving of that volume took some time, it was long in coming to press, which it eventually did in 1701, the year after Corelli’s Opus 5 was published. It seems probable, therefore, that Marais used the tune first. Perhaps he got the idea from Lully with whom he was closely associated at the French Court. Instead of Corelli’s twenty-three variations Marais has thirty-two, but there is a similar integration of the bass part with the solo, and full use is made of the viol’s superior chordal possibilities. Marais must have known that the original dance was Iberian in origin (hence his title) and on more than one occasion he imbues variations with Hispanic flair, hinting occasionally at the strumming of guitars.

from notes by Tim Crawford © 1987

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Details for CDH55235 track 20
Recording date
6 May 1988
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Marais: La Folia & other works (CDA66310)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: March 2006
    Superseded by CDH55235
  2. La Folia (CDA67035)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 1998
  3. Marais: La Folia & other works (CDH55235)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: September 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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