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Yo soy la locura

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The mournful character of the chaconne tradition finds expression in Yo soy la locura (‘I am the madness’), with words by an anonymous (presumably early seventeenth-century) Spanish poet. These were set by Henri de Bailly (d1637), a French composer, lutenist and singer, who worked first for Henri IV (until 1610 when the king was assassinated) and subsequently for Louis XIII, under whom De Bailly was closely involved with the elaborate court entertainments known as ballets de cour. The text of Yo soy la locura has loose affinities with the multivalent sufferings of a host of paradigmatic figures, including Don Quixote, Hamlet (Quixote’s exact contemporary) and Purcell’s Dido, who exemplify one of the great paradoxes of western art—pleasurable melancholy, in which the representation of a character’s anguish becomes a source of aesthetic enjoyment. This provides the context for Yo soy la locura, where the personified ‘madness’, or melancholy, of the song’s title celebrates its own capacity to fill the world with ‘pleasure and sweetness’.

from notes by Paul Williamson © 2019


From the ground up – The chaconne
Studio Master: SIGCD574Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD574 [2'26] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD574 track 4

Recording date
18 June 2018
Recording venue
Musikaliska, Stockholm, Sweden
Recording producer
Jens Braun
Recording engineer
Jens Braun
Hyperion usage
  1. From the ground up – The chaconne (SIGCD574)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: June 2019
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