The first time I played Corelli’s “La Folia” was in my high school year, using the score of Suzuki violin school vol. 6 edited by S. Suzuki. Recently, I watched PBS “Now Hear This”, the second Episode — “The Riddle of Bach”, in which it showed the close relationship of dancing and music in Baroque era and it inspired me to search more about it.

I had studied the late Professor Paul Robertson’s “Bach Project” years ago, which used a combination of solo violin, eurythmy, baroque dance and voice to explore the inner world that lies behind the enduring appeal and challenge of some of J. S. Bach’s greatest music.

Above is a video I found from “Voices of Music” shows the performing of Vivaldi’s variations on “La Folia” (RV 63) with a baroque dance choreographed by Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante.

Corelli’s “La Folia” is the 12th violin Sonata in D minor, Op.5 which is accompanied by Basso Continuo (which can be played by piano and cello).


Folia – Baroque Violin, Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord

Folia – Variations by Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti and Marin Marais

(Added: 10/30/2019)

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  1. Professor Paul Robertson’s article “Revealed – the secret spiritual messages in Bach’s Masterpieces” had been archived and cannot be found on the updated web site “https://musicmindspirittrust.com/about-us”.

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