Composer John Donald Robb (1892-1989) built an invaluable legacy in the preservation of New Mexico's rich musical traditions. His extensive field recordings, compositions, papers, and photographs now comprise the John Donald Robb Archives in the University of New Mexico Libraries' Center for Southwest Research. Cancionero presents thirteen Hispanic folk songs from Robb's renowned archive. Created for musicians and vocalists, Cancionero features arrangements for voice with piano or guitar accompaniments as well as selected concert versions for voice, oboe, harp, and piano. Introductions include information about song forms, history, and subjects, providing further insight into each song.
"Cancionero presents a highly significant publication related to the beautiful and rich musical legacy of New Mexican culture and history, and it is an important contribution to the work of musicologists, historians, folklorists, language and literary scholars, and many other areas of research. Its greatest contribution, however, is the music itself and the role it can play in the lives of musicians, singers, and the general public."--New Mexico Historical Review
"This is a book of scores that marry traditional New Mexican Spanish folk songs with art and mainstream folk techniques. The compilation brings awareness of a mestizo people and history, part of the fundamental fabric of US identity, a people largely invisible until the last half-century. These Spanish-language songs, shared here with Western art techniques of a fittingly vintage nature, result in a new listening experience."--Brenda M. Romero, coeditor of Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos