Guárdame las vacas is a villancico more than half a millennium old. Its basic structure consists of a repeating bass part overlayed with a descant. A villancico. Here’s the music notation and TABs for Guardame las Vacas by Luis de Narvaez for Classical Guitar. Please feel free to download, print, and share it. Last weekend I spent some time trying to solve something that has puzzled me about Guardame las vacas for a while now. I have several.

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I assume that the original four were in Gb minor on the lute, and the guuardame three were in B minor on the lute, is that correct? This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Gyardame also played it as Diaz did, with the three transposed variations placed in the middle this is my preferred approach at the moment. Classical Guitar Skip to content. As you can tell from the revision history below, I’ve made other changes over time, eventually reverting two instances where I had added extra notes to form chords to make a note sound fuller.

The remaining music comprises villancicos, romances, and a Baxa de contrapunto. First one example in one key and then another guardaame another key. Confusion arises because the immediately following work in the original manuscript, Otras tres diferencias hechas por otra parteis not listed on the title page or index.

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The approaches to solving this problem have been varied. Roman numerals in parentheses are not original and are provided for convenience only.

People bring out the old philosophization of “If Narvaez were around today, what would HE think of how I am playing it? A minor and D pas, respectively. Variation 1 of first 4 strong statement 2. Guardame las vacas and Conde clarosboth in volume six. Rob MacKillop has a nice Guard my Cows on his website video section. For a time, it was fashionable to interleave the first of the three variations into the set of four variations.


He may be wrong, of course, but my approach is based on the assumption that he got it right, whether this is valid or not. Added slurs to measures 25— Changed beaming to match metrical changes. To make this musically interesting they improvised a lot of ornaments and variations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Or bed them while the king if off doing kingly duties? The third volume of the collection is dedicated exclusively to intabulations of works by other composers: What key that was nobody knows for two reasons: Today, quatro is spelled cuatro.

This way they could learn Narvaez “best of”-improvisations. The most notable change is in measure 28, which I used to play with a fourth-position barre. Retrieved from ” https: It was a popular song with a double entendre meaning. Terribly astylistic to do this, but modern audiences are not so familiar with 16th century compositional practices and it usually doesn’t make a fuss with them.

I can sympathize with Nelson Amos’s pet peeve a little taking liberties with this historically important piecebut a it really is musically unsatisfactory, to my ears at least, to perform the otra parte after the first set of variations, yet b the otra parte is beautiful and really guardane the attractiveness of the work. Diaz takes all guarfame variations from the otra parte and places them in the middle of the first set, again transposed to A minor, which seems to work even better than Segovia’s approach, because it gives the guitarist the opportunity to perform all seven variations as a satisfying whole in a way that makes musical sense.

First of all ; I think that the first four guaddame are a perfect well rounded whole. Later revisions may correct discovered errors, change fingering, and add guitar-specific legato where appropriate.

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The new version matches more closely the original vihuela tablature by playing the measure in first position. He is also notable for being the earliest composer for vihuela to adapt the contemporary Italian style of lute music. It’s not that difficult to use a capo to set one guitar in the same key as the one playing open even though the scores are two different keys. Translates something like this; Keep the cows for me darling boy, and I will kiss you; or you kiss me and I will save the cows for you So the meanings are rife with coquettish teases as well as male sexual bravado.


Forum guitare classique – Forum chitarra classica – Foro guitarra clasica – Free sheet music for classical guitar – Delcamp. He translated Latin poems into the Spanish of his day so he was a conduit for all kinds of ancient Spanish Roman themes and poems.

In the process of retranscribing and renotating the piece using LilyPond, I made some changes to fingering. But it seems like by the time this song makes it into court and makes the rounds of the entertainers of the vihulela age, among the intelligentsia who hired them it was a song of mild dirty double meanings.

Although still a transcription and arrangement for the guitar and not a literal vihuela tablature transcription, this version should be more readable and somewhat truer to the original vihuela tablature. I’ve heard and read different versions of the text, the one with double meaning about the king entrusting the ladies of the court to his right hand man, which also could have been the joke.

I’ve retained the previous version generated with Sibelius for those who want tablature or wish to compare Sibelius and LilyPond output. Listening to recordings makes certain interpretations imprint on the mind of the public.