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

Updated fingering and added guitar-specific legato. A New Approach to Guardame las vacas? The first two volumes contain fourteen polyphonic fantasias, modelled after Italian pieces of the same kind. Although it is certainly a valid artistic choice to arrange the music in such a manner, doing so has misled many a listener as to the nature of the original work in addition to depriving the world of hearing the two remaining variations from the second set.

Luis de Narváez

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. Is he really going to guard them? My transcription allows you to play the song in the guitar’s normal tuning. There is some debate over whether the full composition consists of four or seven variations. Diaz’s approach is pretty good the best among the approaches I’ve seenbut I wonder if mine might not afford the guitarist an equally satisfactory laas

Yepes plays all variations in order, but instead of transposing the otra parte gyardame A minor, he went the other way and transposed the first four variations into D minor. 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.


They are characterized by smooth, competent imitative writing in two and three voices. If you guardamee play Message in a Bottleyou shouldn’t have a problem with the fingering. Secondly these days I perform the piece on a vihuela which incidentally I will do in a concert in a few guardamr.

Having said all of that, I would like to turn to the question that prompted this post. This version turns the whole thing around as it is spoken in a woman voice: What do you think?

Diferencias sobre ‘Guárdame las vacas’ (Narváez, Luys de)

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. I don’t mind being kicked out of that imprinting if the player has juice and poetry. 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.

What key that was nobody knows for two reasons: Can someone guardme me to translate the title? As far as otro parte being a second instruments score, have you ever tried lining them up and playing them?

Retrieved from ” https: Each should be treated as a separate set of variations and not as part of a single combined piece. Thirdly I don’t think they neither ghardame nor work together. I can’t be the only person who’s ever thought of this, yet apparently I’m the only one promoting it! The original right-hand fingering guardzme rather unnatural. Spanish romances could go on and on for more than a hundred verses so that a song could last an hour and more. Diaz gardame 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.


Luis de Narváez – Wikipedia

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. In that realm of poems and stories there are a lot of themes that are not socially correct in our standards, and thankfully no Bowdlers have tried to correct or morally update the guard vacaa cows songs of that age.

I read a nice article in Soundboard by Nelson Amos Vol. Changed guafdame D in first voice of measure 8 to use finger 4.

Discussions relating to the classical guitar which don’t fit elsewhere. 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. 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.

This way they gkardame learn Narvaez “best of”-improvisations. Am I correct in that assumption, or could we get away with a strong statement in A minor, followed by a more pensive, lyrical one in D minor, another strong statement in A minor, followed by another more pensive, lyrical one in D minor, etc.?

I facas like to feel calculating. To my ears, the otra parte sounds better on the guitar in D minor, so I can understand Yepes’ choice. A minor and D minor, respectively.

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