Marin Marais Les Folies d’Espagne for guitar and violoncello
Luigi Boccherini Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 D-major „Fandango“, G 448
Heitor Villa-Lobos Quinteto instrumental for Flute, string trio and harp, W538
Johannes Brahms String sextet No. 1 B-major, op. 18
The dance of Iberian origin known as folia, whose roots go back to the late Middle Ages, lends its title to this concert. From this dance the harmonious and melodic formula of the same name developed, which became a popular basis for instrumental variations. One example of its use is the Folies d'Espagne from 1701 by gambist Marin Marais. More than 150 years later, Johannes Brahms also referred to that traditional formula. In the second movement of his String Sextet No. 1, which is captivating for its melodic beauty, he uses a harmonic scheme that is particularly similar to the folia. On the other hand, Luigi Boccherini used another Spanish dance, the Fandango, in his Guitar Quintet No. 4 from 1798, whose sounds transport us to sunny Andalusia. The Quinteto instrumental, written by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in 1957, captivates the audience by yet another plucked instrument: the harp.