Tune of the Day: Faronells Ground
Both names “Farinel” and “Farinelli” are used in literature to indicate the one and only 17th-century French violinist who studied with Giacomo Carissimi in Rome and subsequently went to England and Germany. This Mr Farinel is not to be confused with Farinelli, the famous Italian castrato singer of the 18th century, whose actual name was Carlo Maria Broschi. To confuse matters still more, the variations for which our Mr Farinel is now chiefly remembered are referred to as “Faronell's Ground” in The Division Flute, a collection of popular pieces published in 1704 in London. These divisions are based on the Spanish chord sequence “La Folia”, which was later made famous by Arcangelo Corelli in the variations at the end of his Op. 5 violin sonatas, published in 1700.