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The “La Follia” tune is actually many years older than Vivaldi. From the Wikipedia page:

 

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Over the course of three centuries, more than 150 composers have used it in their works. The first publications of this theme date from the middle of the 17th century, but it is probably much older. Plays of the renaissance theatre in Portugal, including works by Gil Vicente, mention the folia as a dance performed by shepherds or peasants. The Portuguese origin is recorded in the 1577 treatise De musica libri septem by Francisco de Salinas.

 

Jean-Baptiste Lully, along with Philidor l’aîné in 1672, Arcangelo Corelli in 1700, Marin Marais in 1701, Alessandro Scarlatti in 1710, Antonio Vivaldi in his Opus 1 No. 12 of 1705, ...

 

But I wonder if the similarity between the first 8 bars of “La Follia” and “The Green Leaves of Summer” (after which they diverge considerably) is more than a coincidence.

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