La Folia – 4th movement: String quartet



This string quartet version from the ancient La Folia theme starts in the major (Ionian) mode in a fast 5 time and explores some slightly Brittenesque ideas. After a short interlude which grasps helplessly for the home key, the time changes to 7/8 and the mode returns to a sort of minor (aeolian) and the feeling of madness becomes almost “acceptable”. The major theme in 5 time returns and we get a foretaste of the movements to come!
The sound sample is a live performance by musicians in Costa Rica.