Corelli's La Follia
What's your favourite edition?
I have the 1914 Schott Léonard/Barmas, but I'd like something better, and complete!
And no, I don't want the Kreisler!
In fact, I had vol1 of the barenreiter corelli, so I forked out for vol 2. If that won't do, nothing will!
Suzuki Book 6 - no other edition comes close
La Follia/La Folia (spellings vary) is several hundred years old, possibly a folk tune or song in its origin, and is one of the oldest tunes still being played regularly. It has attracted the close attention of literally hundreds of composers over the centuries, not only from the Baroque (e.g. Corelli, Geminiani), but through Beethoven to Rachmaninov in modern times, for example.
Just to point out that the Suzuki "edition" is a shortened, much romanticised version. Great fun, though.
Corelli's La Folia is Nr 12 in D minor of his 12 Violin Sonatas Op 5. The urtext sheet music is downloadable from IMSLP - two editions are available.
Since this has turned to performances I'll say Enescu's rendition is the best. Suzuki was a fan of it too.
Yes, I've got the urtext from IMSLP, but of course it doesn't have any fingerings, and they can be very interesting. I think I need to look out for a Schirmer edition too.
There is a Schott edition (2014, by Wolfgang Birtel), "based on Corelli`s first edition", with fingerings.
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