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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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: Cacas usual, fingerings are only suggestions; you may ignore them and choose your own. Views Read Edit View history. People bring out the old philosophization of “If Narvaez were around today, what would HE think of how I am playing it?

The scores published were not meant for professionals guardzme for public performance – the intended audience was the ignorant amateurs who could not improvise. I read a nice article in Soundboard by Nelson Amos Vol.

Luis de Narváez

Should it be “guard my cows” or “keep my cows”? 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 Molinapas well-known and very successful patron of the arts who was the Secretary of State and commentator for the gguardame of Castile under Charles V.

The professionals of course improvised as always.

Later revisions may correct discovered errors, change fingering, and add guitar-specific legato where appropriate. Or bed them while the king if off doing kingly duties? Changed beaming to match metrical changes. The new version matches more closely the original vihuela tablature by playing the measure in first position. A minor and D minor, respectively.


A New Approach to Guardame las vacas? – Classical Guitar

Apart from melodic variations, there are also two sets on ostinato harmonies: It seems to me that while performing the otra parte after the first four variations is unsatisfactory from a modern musicological perspective, it also seems that both parts simply sound better in their respective keys on the guitar at least, i. The most notable change is in measure 28, which I used to play guardamee a guardwme barre.

Changed some fingering in measures 30, 32, and 33 to match original tablature.

Variation 1 of otra parte somewhat pensive, more lyrical statement 3. 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 alternative? 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.

There is some debate over whether lxs full composition consists of four or seven variations.

He also dabbled in Troubadour poems and recorded that work. Variation 2 of otra parte somewhat pensive, more lyrical statement 5. 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. Last edited by Altophile on Sun Jul 31, The third volume of the collection is dedicated exclusively to intabulations of works by other composers: Added slurs to measures 25— It also does not change the key, leaving it in D minor.


The collection begins with a preface, in which the composer dedicates lae work to his patron Francisco de los Cobos. But I doubt it is his original work, he was a writer who was promoting Spanish literary styles in Spain instead of the popular Italian styles, for example sonnet.

Guárdame las vacas by Luys de Narváez

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. Instead, the title page refers to siete diferencias de guarda me las vacas. Actively Maintained LilyPond Output. 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.

Discussions relating to the classical guitar which don’t fit elsewhere. It consists of a set of variations on a Spanish folk theme. 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 enhances the attractiveness of the work.

This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Spanish romances could go on and on for more than a hundred verses so that a song could last an hour and more.