Arcangelo Corelli (–) was one of the most sought-after violin teachers in Italy and his pupils included Castrucci, Gasparini, Geminiani, Bonporti and. Arcangelo Corelli, Ensemble Fitzwilliam – Corelli: La Follia – Music. The final work following eleven sonatas in Corelli’s opus has the theme adopted by Rachmaninoff, called there ‘Follia’, with 24 variations.
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The theme is not by Corelli! And what do we now call the child?
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.5 No.12 ‘La Folia’ (Corelli, Arcangelo)
However, unlike what Rachmaninoff assumed, the Italian composer did not compose this theme. Around the same time there also developed a harmonic-melodic formula of the same name that, however, can no longer be linked to the wildness of the dance.
It was very much in vogue in subsequent centuries, and — undergoing constant modification — was especially utilised as a theme for sets of variations. Rachmaninoff first learned that the theme did not come from Corelli through a concert review of his recital in Carnegie Hall on 7 November Corelli was and remained the inspirational source, and the caption title of Op.
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