Vasquez: Sonetos y Villancicos

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Program: #09-05   Air Date: Jan 26, 2009

Back to secular music with the successor to Encina as the primary composer of popular songs for the nobility, Juan Vasquez (c.1500-c.1560); performances by La Trulla de Bozes directed by Carlos Sandua.

We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2008 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht.

We will also direct listeners to their web site, which will provide more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival ( The primary theme for 2008 was the Golden Age in Spain.

NOTE: All of the music on this program was performed by the ensemble La Trulla de Bozes, Carlos Sandúa, leading. For more information about this ensemble:

Vásquez: Sonetos & Villancicos

Mid-16th-century, Juan Vásquez published a collections of four- and five-part villancicos, popular refrain songs often performed in the circles of the nobility. In doing so, he followed the path of court musicians like Encina and Flecha, who found their inspiration in amorous relations of all kinds, like those of the little shepherdess (zagala), the young shepherd (pastorcico), the little brunette (morenica) etc. Spanish ensemble La Trulla de Bozes has taken as its unique repertoire the polyphony of Renaissance Spain, tonight performed by four singers and two instrumentalists.

Miguel de Fuenllana active 1553-78

Fantasía de redobles instrumental

(from: Orphénica lyra, Sevilla, 1554)

Juan Vásquez ca.1500-ca.1560

Si el pastorcico es nuevo ("If the shepherd lives anew")

¿Qué sentís, corazón mío? ("What can you know, my heart?")

Zagaleja de lo verde (Little shepherdess of the green fields")

Dizen a mí que los amores é ("Tell me again of your loves")

No pensé que entre pastores ("No thoughts between the shepherds")

Antonio de Cabezón ca.1510-1566

Diferencias sobre Las Vacas (instrumental)

(from: Obras de música para tecla, arpa y vihuela…, Madrid, 1578)

Juan Vásquez

¿Quándo, quándo? ("When, o when?)

Agora que soy niña ("Behold, you will be my daughter")

De los álamos vengo ("I come from the linden trees, mother")

Con qué la lavaré ("With what shall I wash my face?")

Quien amores tiene ("When shall love come to me?)

Antonio de Cabezón

Diferencias sobre la pavana italiana (instrumental)

Juan Vásquez

Ya florecen los árboles ("Beneath the trees that bloom")

Salga la luna y el caballero ("Do not leave me my knight, here in the moonlight")

Dexa ya tu soledad (" You left me in your solitude")

Morenica dame un beso 2 (vihuela--"The dark-haired girl gave me a kiss")

De dónde venís amores ("From where will my love come?")

Descendid del valle ("The girl came down to the valley")

Sources Vásquez:

1 Villancicos y canciones... a tres y a quatro, Osuna, 1551

2 Recopilación de sonetos y villancicos, Sevilla, 1560

Composer Info

Miguel de Fuenllana active 1553-78, Antonio de Cabezón ca.1510-1566, Juan Vásquez ca.1500-ca.1560,

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