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Cantos populares españoles
1923; traditional folk song melodies
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'Canciones amatorias' (CDA67186)
Canciones amatorias
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No 14: Asturiana  Fuistia la siega y golviesti
No 15: El paño murciano  Diga usted, señor platero
No 18: El vito  Una vieja vale un real

Cantos populares españoles
Joaquín Nin (1879–1949) was Cuban by birth, but lived in Spain from his childhood onwards. He was a redoubtable pianist, and studied for a time in Paris with Moszkowski—his sister was the writer Anaïs Nin. He was an avid collector of folksong and in 1923 published twenty Cantos populares españoles, all versions of existing melodies that he supplied with elaborate piano accompaniments, together with copious notes and performance indications—very much in the manner of that other colonial original, Percy Grainger, as Graham Johnson points out. So the score of Asturiana is liberally strewn with wiggly lines to indicate a ‘barely perceptible’ ritenuto at the top of almost every phrase. El paño murciano is preceded by a speculation on the origin of the name paño for this particular type of song and dance, suggesting that it derives from the text of an early example of the genre. Surprisingly, Nin doesn’t mention an obvious candidate for the distinction, El paño murano, immortalised by Manuel de Falla in his Siete canciones, where the word refers to a Moorish cloth. In the present case no cloth is mentioned, but the fact that it is addressed to a silversmith (signor platero) suggests a common, mercantile, origin for songs of this type. El vito, whose past is also shrouded by the mists of time, is described by The Spanish Song Companion as ‘a dance full of fire, performed in a tavern by a woman standing on a table before an audience full of bullfighters’. For obvious reasons, most performances of this song abstain from true authenticity in the matter of table-dancing (not to mention the provision of music-loving toreros). Nevertheless Nin’s version of its driving flamenco accompaniment—similar in texture to that of his contemporary Fernando Obradors—gives an appropriate flavour of wine, cigarillos and stamping heels.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

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Details for CDA67186 track 17
El paño murciano
Recording date
5 December 2000
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Canciones amatorias (CDA67186)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: June 2002
    Deletion date: August 2010
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