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Variations on "La Folia"

From Wind Repertory Project
Clifton Jameson Jones

Clifton Jameson Jones


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN MUsic
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I
Oboe/Flute II
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

La Folia is a popular tune, probabky from 15th century Portugal or Spain, that became a musical phenomenon in the 1770s. La Folia literally means mad or empty headed and the name probabyl derives from a fast rather wild dance in 3/4. The dancers are supposedly driven mad by the noise and rhythm. Later in the late 1600s, it calmed down a bit and became a popular melody which intrigued many composers of the time.

The great French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully wrote a set of variations for keyboard on La Folia, publshes in 1672; later composers used Lully's setting as a model for their own variations, including Corelli Geminiani, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, C..E. Bach and Rachmaninoff. La Folia became not only a melody but also something similar to a passacaglia since the bass line and harmonic progressions are fixed; rhythmically it became similar to the sarabande.

This set of Variations on "La Folia" for young band is original, although it may share similarities to the literally hundreds of other settings of the piece that have been written. I am not aware of any other settings of La Folia for young band, so Ihope this becomes an introduction for younger performers to a fascinating part of music history.

The first performance of this version of Variations on "La Folia" was by the A&M COnsolidated HS. Wind Ensemble (College Station, Texas) conducted by Van Henry.

-Program Note by composer


La Folia is a popular tune with a fascinating history, and its name is derived from a dance that is thought to date back to 15th century Portugal or Spain. In 1672 French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully wrote a set of variations for keyboard based on the tune. Later, composers including Corelli, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Rachmaninoff would use Lully’s work as a model for their own variations. This set of original variations for young performers is considered to be the first adapted for young band.

-Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 2 (September 2014), p. 39-40