La Folia
November 7, 2003 11:38 PM   Subscribe

La Folia - A Musical Cathedral Heroic effort, devoted to documenting and exploring a single harmonic device through history.
posted by crunchburger (5 comments total)
What, no comments? Well, I thought it was pretty cool- seeing how such a basic harmony is used- well, not so much used as can't be avoided, really- by so many different composers.
posted by hincandenza at 2:50 AM on November 8, 2003

This is good, crunchburger. Makes kind of an interesting juxtaposition with that *other* harmonic/rhythmic device used by dozens if not hundreds of composers and musicians in the late 20th century, the "Louie Louie" riff.
posted by arto at 3:02 AM on November 8, 2003

Listening to la folia in its most basic form, I thought of a passage in the "Saturn, Bringer of Old Age" movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets that intersperses la folia with other motifs introduced in the movment.
posted by alumshubby at 9:31 AM on November 8, 2003

Fernando Sor's La folia and minuet is particularly worth checking out if you want to hear la folia in action and like classical guitar.

Very strange website (but interesting!)
posted by boltman at 10:10 AM on November 8, 2003

This is really good - thanks crunchburger.

I'm not sure if this is your kind of thing, but you may enjoy the Met's Timeline of Art History section on musical instruments.
posted by plep at 8:20 PM on November 8, 2003

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