Canal March

Musical Clichés. Visions of Spain (VI). Folias and Chaconnes

Francesco Corti, harpsichord

Works by J. H. D'Anglebert, A. Forqueray, F. Couperin and C. P. E. Bach

For the Europeans of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, folias and chaconnes were the maximum representation of Spanish music. In their beginnings, these two dances were subject to the condemnation of moralists due to their indecorous nature and their undisguised eroticism. However, after their transference to the field of academic music, they underwent a process of adaptation that led them to become two of the preferred harmonic progressions for the composition of variations over an ostinato bass.

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