Elizabeth gives a viola da gamba lesson to acclaimed young novelist Teju Cole. Cole is author of "Open City" and a contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker.
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The tune Elizabeth and Teju play, la Folia, has its roots in 16th century Portugal. La Folia as a musical theme is very flexible, and has been used by many composers. The “earlier” Folia is distinguished from its later adaptation by its very quick pace; it began as a sort of folk dance in which the dancers were “driven mad” by its fast rhythm. In 1672, composer Jean-Baptiste Lully composed a more structured Folia, and it was this version that became the inspiration for later variants. In its arrangement, la Folia is a fixed melody of sixteen bars set to a standard chord progression. The theme has been composed for many different instruments, such as the harpsichord and the guitar, but it has also been played on instruments like the ukelele and the bassoon.
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