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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Apart from melodic variations, there are also two sets on ostinato harmonies: Is it possible that Narvaez simply felt that the otra part sounds considerably better in the key he chose for it and that the first four variations sound better in the key he chose it them, and so he opted to oas let them be performed back to back in different keys?

The professionals of course improvised as always.

I’ve heard and read different versions of the text, the one with double meaning about the king entrusting the ladies of the court to his right hand man, which also could have been the joke. This version turns the whole thing around as it is spoken in a woman voice: I’ve also played it guadrame Diaz did, with the three transposed variations placed in the middle this is my preferred approach at the moment.

Diaz takes 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 als, because it gives the guitarist the opportunity to perform all seven lad as a satisfying whole in a way that makes musical sense.

It was a popular song with a double entendre meaning. Vesa Kuokkanen Antonio Marin nr. I’ve retained the previous version generated with Sibelius for those who want tablature or wish to compare Sibelius and LilyPond output. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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

The guarame right-hand fingering was rather unnatural. Over time we’ve come to associate the piece with the bass part only, which in A minor would be: The collection begins with a preface, in which the composer dedicates the work to his patron Francisco de los Cobos.


It consists gacas a set of variations on a Spanish folk theme. I can’t be the only person who’s ever thought of this, yet apparently I’m the only one promoting it! Instead, the title page refers to siete diferencias de guarda me las vacas.

A New Approach to Guardame las vacas? – Classical Guitar

Contains notes and initial left-hand fingering. This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Discussions relating to the classical guitar which guardxme fit elsewhere. To my ears, the otra parte sounds better on the guitar in D minor, so I can understand Yepes’ choice. In the process of retranscribing and renotating the piece using LilyPond, I made some changes to fingering.

For a time, it was fashionable to interleave the first of the three variations into the set of four variations. Today, vacsa is spelled cuatro. A minor and D minor, respectively. But I doubt it is his original work, he was a writer who was promoting Spanish literary styles in Vaca instead of the popular Italian styles, for example sonnet. As a side-point, every arrangement I have has differences in certain measures that suggest that pretty much everyone has taken some minor liberties with octaves.

Guárdame las vacas by Luys de Narváez

There is some debate over whether the full composition consists of four or seven variations. It also does not change the key, leaving it in D guardaje.

Classical Guitar Skip to content. I’ve asked myself, “What was Narvaez thinking? 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.

Changed last D in first voice of measure 8 to use finger 4.

Later revisions may correct discovered errors, change fingering, and add guitar-specific legato where appropriate. A New Approach to Guardame las vacas? Should it be “guard my cows” or “keep my cows”? Guardame las vacas and Conde clarosboth in volume six. Also consider playing Otro Parte first as a prelude instead of mixing them together.


As usual, fingerings are only suggestions; you may ignore them and choose your own.

Diferencias sobre ‘Guárdame las vacas’ – Hyperion Records – CDs, MP3 and Lossless downloads

The intabulations are of high quality, but without any particular distinguishing features. 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.

Actively Maintained LilyPond Vvacas. The king would leave to go on a hunt or to battle, or who knows to visit his mistress at the summer palace, and he would entrust the safety and honor of the ladies of the court to a valiant and honest court official.

Julian Bream rectified this trend by recording the two sets of variations separately, albeit on the lute.

However, aside from Amos’s pet peeve, are there any other musicological considerations that argue strongly against it? Variation 2 of otra parte somewhat pensive, more lyrical statement 5. The first two volumes contain fourteen polyphonic fantasias, modelled after Italian pieces of the same kind.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Roman numerals in parentheses are not original and are provided for convenience only. My transcription allows you to play the song in the guitar’s normal tuning. Variation 2 of first 4 strong statement 4. People bring out the old philosophization of “If Narvaez were around today, what would HE think of how I am playing it? There are probably some links going way back to Troubadour poetry of the middle ages, those kinds of themes are common in the sung a spoken to music prose poems of the Troubadours.