Cancionero de Palacio

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Program: #09-03   Air Date: Jan 12, 2009

Carles Magraner directs the Capella de Ministrers in popular music from the time of the Catholic monarchs, centering on the songs of Juan del Encina (1468-1529/30).

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 is performed by the ensemble Capella de Ministrers, Carles Magraner, conductor. For more information on this group:

Cancionero de Palacio: Encina, Lagarto, León, Alonso etc.

The early-16th-century manuscript Cancionero de Palacio is a true musical treasure trove: it contains some 450 songs from the Madrid court, dating from the 15th and early 16th century. Most of these were composed by Juan del Encina (1468-1530), even though he was not officially related to the court. Most pieces in the Cancionero belong to the villancico genre, a folksy refrain song that could take its subject matter from almost every aspect of life, among which love or the lack thereof obviously take first position. Also included are romances, longer strophic songs of a more serious character, like ‘Qu’es de ti desconsolado’, singing of the fall of Granada. The Spanish group Capella de Ministrers has for years been promoting the Spanish musical heritage and will perform tonight with an extended vocal-instrumental ensemble. Ever since their first Festival appearance in 1987, the group presented numerous programmes ranging from early mediaeval music to the late Baroque.

Juan del Encina 1468-1529/30

Triste España sin ventura, romance ("Uhappy Spain, without joy"--Lament for the death of Prince Juan, 1497)


Al alva venid, buen amigo, villancico ("Come at dawn, my friend")

Juan del Encina

Ay triste que vengo, villancico ("Alas, sad you see me")

Amor con fortuna, villancico ("Love and fortune have turned against me")

Fata la parte, villancico ("Tell it everywhere, M. Cotal's wife is dead")

Juan del Encina

Los sospiros no sosiegan, villancico ("Those sighs will never cease")

Pedro bien te quiero, villancico ("Pedro, I love you 'though you are only a cowherd")

Juan de León actief 1480-1514

Ay, que non se remediarme, villancico ("Alas, there is no remedy")

Juan del Encina

Daca, bailemos, Carrillo, villancico ("Even though you are a shepherd, Carillo, you seem to come from a palace")

Qu’es de ti desconsolado, romance ("What has become of you, unfortunate one?)

Juan del Encina

Si habrá en este baldrés, villancico ("Shall we cut sleeves for all three from this skin?")


Si d’amor pena sentís, romance

Gabriel Mena ?-1528

La bella malmaridada, villancico

Pedro de Lagarto ca.1465-1543

Callen todas las galanas, villancico

Juan del Encina

Señora de hermosura, romance ("Lady of beauty, for whom I hope to lose myself")

Juan del Encina

Si Amor pone las escalas, villancico


Dindirín, villancico ("Dindirin, I rise up this good morning")

Rodrigo Martinés, villancico ("Rodrigo Martines, with the wild geese, ha!")


Tir’allá, que non quiero, villancico (Go away, I do not love you")

Juan del Encina

Hoy comamos y bevamos ("Today, let's eat and drink")


Composer Info

Juan del Encina (1468-1530), Juan de León actief 1480-1514, Gabriel Mena ?-1528,

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