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Songs & Dances of Puerto Rico

Artist:   Music of Puerto Rico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Jíbaro 1956 11 0
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© 1956 Smithsonian Folkways Records. All rights reserved.
Album download includes album tracks, liner notes, lyric sheets and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  De La Montaña Venimos 2:42 aguinaldo clásico usado en parranda
02  Mazurka Maria 2:53 mejor comocido como el waltz criollo
03  Esta Navidad 3:09 otro ejemplo de la música típica
04  Danson 3:10 la clave de son entra y sale
05  Mapalle 5:11 como juega ese cuatro
06  Aguinaldo Jíbaro 4:28 canción navideña sobre el niño Jesús
07  Que Caminao 3:48 porque se oye el ritmo del merengue?
08  Aguinaldo Cagueño 4:21 en la décima se improvisan los versos
09  El Día 3 de Septiembre 3:23 triste canción sobre la Revolución Nacionalista
10  Bajo las Sombras de un Pino 4:32 cuatro, tres, maracas y guiro
11  Seis Choreao 3:26 a I-IV-V jíbaro style
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Completed in 1956 by Dr. William Marlens, this collection of tape recordings of traditional folk songs from the island of Puerto Rico features full lyrics sheets with English translation, a short analysis of all the musical pieces, an introduction on the history of Puerto Rico and a biography of Dr. Marlens.

Used by many universities as part of their ethno-musicology curriculum, this album is a collection of Puerto Rican folk songs personally recorded in 1956 by William S. Marlens, a Brooklyn born man of Latvian descent, who served as a Captain in WWII and later, after years of dentistry practice in the Bronx, was so taken by his patient's descriptions of the island that he visited Puerto Rico and make these tape recordings. All the songs were spur of the moment with no rehearsal.

The extensive liner notes for this album include full lyrics sheets with English translation, a short analysis of all the musical pieces, an introduction of the history of Puerto Rico and a biography of Dr. Marlens.