Canciones de mi Padre

Reformatted from a copy in the Ronstadt Archive at The University of Arizona Library
Reformatted from a copy in the
Ronstadt Archive at
The University of Arizona Library

Canciones de mi Padre

Canciones de mi Padre: Spanish Folksongs from Southern Arizona was first published in 1946 as University of Arizona General Bulletin Number 10. The original edition has been out-of-print for many years and is difficult to obtain.

Luisa Espinel dedicated the book

To my Father, with affection

Those long summer evenings of my childhood, when the moon made strange patterns on father's guitar as he sang enchanting songs to me, are no more. But the imagination hears the romance and wistfulness of their melodies, hears them with a sweetness as subtle as the fragrance of wild flowers dried in herbs.

The Canciones de mi Padre book includes a foreword by Frances Gillmor, chairman of the University Folklore Committee, Luisa Espinel's introduction and notes, and music with lyrics for 16 songs:

Elena, Canto de Cuna al Niño Jesus (Cradle Song to the Infant Jesus),
Alabado (Hymn to the Dawn), El Borrachito (The Little Drunkard),
Canto de Cuna (Cradle Song), El Vestido Azul (The Blue Dress),
Sueño de un Marino (A Sailor's Dream), Adios Mi Sueño (Farewell, My Dream),
Amar Amar (Love Song), Las Golondrinas (The Swallows),
Desventurado (The Tragic Lover), La Ciriaca (Love Song),
El Gallito (The Rooster), La Brisa (The Breeze),
El Chiflido (The Whistle), and Guajito (Little Punkin' Head)

In order to make this unique musical resource available to a wide audience of musicians and scholars, Canciones de mi Padre has been reformatted as an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) document, which can be retrieved electronically from The University of Arizona Library website for on-screen viewing or printing. You will need a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file.

The PDF document is a faithful reproduction of the original booklet. The covers have been reproduced in black and white to reduce the digital file size.

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