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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Guarsame from ” https: It also does not change the key, leaving it in D minor. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Secondly these days I perform the piece on a vihuela which incidentally I will do in a concert in a few hours. The new fingering uses the thumb more and is more playable.

It seems the double and triple entendre piles up. Actively Maintained LilyPond Output. So, for me, the otra parte should be performed, but in a way that makes musical sense. This page was last edited on 21 Augustat I have several arrangements of this piece, and I found it puzzling that some arrangers and performers include anywhere from one to three extra variations beyond the four that I learned when I started playing guitar using Frederick Noad’s books.

Variation 3 of otra parte somewhat pensive, more lyrical statement 7.

I’m quite certain that you’re right about Narvaez response were he around today: Renotated using LilyPond, making some notational improvements along the way. Changed last D in first voice of measure 8 to use finger 4. Over time we’ve come to associate the piece with the bass part only, which in A minor would be: Contains notes and initial left-hand fingering.

The approaches to solving this problem have been varied. The scores published were not meant for professionals and for public performance – the intended audience was the ignorant amateurs who could not improvise. BTW, I think I found the reference to Amos’ article along with some insightful comments on this forum, so I should thank the folks here for their part in helping me solve history’s greatest mystery involving a song about cows: I’ve also played it as Diaz did, with the three transposed variations placed in the middle this is my preferred approach at the moment.


Guárdame las vacas (Otras tres diferencias) by Luys de Narváez –

First of all ; I think that the first four variations are a perfect well rounded whole. However, aside from Amos’s pet peeve, are there any other musicological considerations that argue strongly against it?

What key that was nobody knows for two reasons: I don’t mind being kicked out of that imprinting if the player has juice and poetry. Last edited by Altophile on Sun Jul 31, The guardane volume of the collection is vaccas exclusively to intabulations of works by other composers: People bring out the old philosophization of “If Narvaez were around today, lzs would HE think of how I am playing it?

Other than the guitar-specific fingerings including left-hand legatothe music the notes themselves should now match exactly the original tablature.

He was born in Granada and the earliest surviving references to him indicate that as early as he was a member of the household of Francisco de los Cobos y Molinaa well-known and very successful patron of the arts who was the Secretary of State and commentator for the kingdom of Castile under Charles V.

You can over think this stuff, probably guarrame a good idea. But I doubt it is his original guarame, he was a writer who was promoting Spanish literary styles in Spain instead of the popular Italian styles, for example sonnet.

Variation 3 of first 4 strong statement 6. Could the answer be that simple? 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. Diaz takes all three 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.


A New Approach to Guardame las vacas?

I’m glad to see that I’m not the first to consider playing Guardame as a sort of musical conversation, and that someone else has not only considered it, but actually done it that way. It was a popular song with a double entendre meaning.

First one example in one key and then another in another key. Discussions relating to the classical guitar which don’t fit elsewhere.

Narvaez, Luis de – Guardame las Vacas

As a side note, I would opt for an arrangement that doesn’t take liberties with octaves unless doing so were necessary for some reason. Variation 2 of otra parte somewhat pensive, more lyrical statement 5. Despite being in different keys, it is the descant that connects the two sets of variations. Art should be mostly a bit naughty and transgressive, not vadas. They are characterized by smooth, competent imitative writing in two and three voices.

So, if I understand you correctly, you didn’t transpose one of the sets into a key that corresponds with the other, but played them in their original keys, while alternating them?

I’ve retained the previous version generated with Sibelius for those who want tablature or wish to compare Sibelius and LilyPond output. Should it be “guard my cows” or “keep my cows”? Instead, the title page refers to siete diferencias de guarda me las vacas.

If you have trouble with the guaedame fingering for the scale run in measure 22, you’ll have to come up with an alternate fingering.

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