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12 Variationen über die Folie d'Espagne, H263 Wq118/9
composer
1776

Recordings
'Bach (CPE): La Folia & other works' (CDH55232)
Bach (CPE): La Folia & other works
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55232  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'La Folia' (CDA67035)
La Folia
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Track 5 on CDA67035 [7'58]
Track 4 on CDH55232 [7'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

12 Variationen über die Folie d'Espagne, H263 Wq118/9
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Although much of his chamber music was published, C P E Bach’s fame depended more on his solo keyboard music and especially his instruction book on harpsichord-playing, Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (‘Essay on the true art of playing the keyboard’), published in 1753. In many respects, the move to Hamburg caused a significant change in his output, and he concentrated particularly on church music. But he continued to write for the keyboard, especially for the clavichord, for which he produced music of a great emotional intensity. The dance La Folia was first noted two centuries earlier in Spain, and became popular in Italy earlier in the seventeenth century. Eighteenth-century composers knew it chiefly from Corelli’s variations for violin and continuo (Op 5 No 12), and its chord sequence became a frequent basis for similar treatment. Bach’s variations, written in 1776, are alternately expressive and virtuosic.

from notes by Clifford Bartlett © 1988

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