La Folle Journée de Varsovie
La Danse

(54) Happy Dance


Dagmara Barna – soprano
Ars Nova – Early Music Ensemble
Joanna Lichorowicz, Sławomir Greś – dance
Krzysztof Owczynik – artistic direction

Anonymous 13th c. (France): Ductia
Anonymous 14th c. (Italy): Saltarello, Trotto
Anonymous 15th c.: Radości wam powiedam
Mikołaj z Radomia 15th c.: Ballad 
Tabulature of Jan z Lublina, 1540: Hayducky, Dance 5, Rex
Anonymous 17th c.: Nie złodziejem choć kradnę
Fabritio Caroso 16th c. (France): Passamezzo
John Playford 17th c. (England): Confesse, or the Court Lady
Anonymous 17th c.: Bujałem sobie jako ptak
Anonymous 17th c. Vilnius Tabulature: Polish Dances
Anonymous 17th c.: Dobranoc ci, Anusieńku
Anonymous, Pestry Zbornik 17th c. (Slovakia): Sarabanda alla polacca, Current
Anonymous 17th c.: Służyłem ja tobie
Anonymous 17th c. Vietoris Codex (Hungary): Cenar

This is the eighth time already that La Folle Jourée is held in Warsaw. The music festival is addressed to everybody, without exception. What should you expect? Over 1000 artists and more than 50 concerts over only three days. Where? At the Teatr Wielki’s different spaces and on the Teatralny Square. The programme includes a variety of original musical pieces spanning different epochs: you will hear compositions by Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, and Piazzolla performed by world-class Polish and international artists. The theme of this year’s edition is dance, or ‘la danse’ in French. In the words of René Martin, the festival’s artistic director, ‘Dance, especially folk dance, has played a very important role in the development of classical music. If you listen carefully to famous concertos and symphonies, you’ll find elements of dance everywhere. Folk tradition has greatly influenced the oeuvre of all composers’. 

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