La Follia Austin Baroque celebrates its 39th season as part of Austin's lively and diverse musical scene. We perform music from the 16th to 18th centuries: the time of Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn. We perform this glorious music as these composers performed it, by using instruments and performance practices appropriate to that period. The result is a well blended, rich, spontaneous sound quite different than that produced by brighter modern instruments and 21st century performance practices. In the words of the Austin American- Statesman, La Follia is "Baroque done Right". Expect to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired!
The Austin American-Statesman has lauded La Follia for its "fine playing, excellent scholarship, and communicative interpretations" and “Baroque done right.” La Follia concerts were cited by the Austin Chronicle in 2011 and 2012 as among the top 10 Classical Music Treasures of the year in Austin. In 2016 the Austin Critics Table cited La Follia as best classical instrumental ensemble. (more)
An Austin, Texas Institution
In addition to performing at the highest artistic level, La Follia Austin Baroque is committed to the establishment of a permanent Baroque ensemble comprised of primarily Austin and secondarily Texas musicians. As a result, we are now blessed with these talented and experienced artists. Visit the Ensemble page (here) to learn more about them.
What does "La Follia" mean?
La Follia's name comes from folia (meaning folly), the name of a 16th-century Spanish dance. The music for this dance was based on a characteristic harmonic pattern, which became associated with a particular melody in the 17th century. This dance has fascinated composers down to our own time. Variations on La Follia have been written by Alessandro Scarlatti, Marin Marais, Arcangelo Corelli, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Cherubini, Franz Liszt, Carl Nielsen, and Sergei Rachmaninoff