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Différencias sobre el canto llano del Caballero (Variations on the Horseman's song)

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Uploaded by: PLRT (03/29/16)
Composer: Cabezon, Antonio de
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Palma, St. Agusti
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Medieval and Renaissance
Thanks to EdoL and LucV, whose so convincing Spanish uploads led me to try something I'd have thought absolutely impossible for me : wandering in Spanish ancien music :-)
So this is a first try a bit "au petit bonheur la chance". Temperament is meantone 1/4, so it sometimes screams a bit :-)

I guess Cabezon's caballero was in a rather dark mood when he sung this song, but I could not find the original lyrics. But there is a Garcia Lorca's poem which matches well, IMHO, with this music :

Horseman's Song

Distant and alone.
A black nag, the giant moon,
and olives in my saddlebag.

Even if I know the way,
I never will reach Cordoba.
Over the plain, through the wind,
A black nag, the bloody moon.

The Reaper is watching me
From the tall towers of Cordoba.
Oh, such a long road!
Oh, my valiant nag!
Oh, the Reaper awaits me
before I ever reach Cordoba!

Distant and alone.

- Translation, Charles W. Johnson
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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