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Les Folies d'Espagne

By Marin Marais

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Les Folies d'Espagne composed by Marin Marais (1656-1728). Edited by Tappert. For Flute (Violin), Guitar. Sheet Music. Published by Zimmermann (PE.ZM30620).

Marin Marais (1656-1728), solo gamba player in the 'Royal Chamber Orchestra' and leader of the opera orchestra at the court of Louis XIV, was highly successful as a composer mainly through his operas and his chamber music. The second of his five books of instruction for one or two gambas and b.c., 'Second Livre de piphces de Viole', containing this variation piece 'Les Folies d'Espagne', appeared in 1701. Marais studied composition with Lully, but developed richer harmonics than his teacher. In addition to this, both the solo part and the basso continuo in his folia variations are exceptionally lively and the piece is characterized by a wide tonal range and some wide and occassionally bizarre leaps.

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