The folia: Manuel Ponce and his variations

Graham F. Hall


The aim of this thesis is two-fold: Firstly to present the argument that the Variations on the Folia de Espana, by the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) were composed as a result of collaboration between himself and Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia (1893-1987). This will be shown through an examination of letters from Segoviato Ponce and by linking the variations to other works commissioned by Segovia at the time. Secondly to present a detailed analytical study of the work and to provide suggestions with a view to performance of the piece.

The study documents the evolution of the folia as a musical form, presents a biographical history of the composer, illustrating Segovia’s influence with written documentation from Segovia to Ponce, and addresses issues of performance practice. Factors concerning the harmonic practice during Ponce’s time, Ponce’s own compositional style, the formal structure of the work, the use of rhythmic and melodic motifs, and general performance practice aspects of the period are outlined in the analysis.

The University of Western Australia. Hall, G. (1998). The folia: Manuel Ponce and his variations.

The Folia manuel ponce and his variations


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