Sephardic Song barndance

Also known as Oh What A Peaceful Life Is This, Que Descansada Vida, Sephardic Song.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Sephardic Song has been added to 1 tune set.

Sephardic Song has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Sephardic Song
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A2|"D" d2 e2 "fB"f2 d2|"e"c2 d2 "D"A4|a2 "d"g2 a2 "G"d2|"G"d2 c2 d2 e2|
f2 e2 d2 d2|"e"A2 "D"d3 d c2|d2 f2 "B"e2 d2|c2 d2 a2 "d"a2|
g2 a2 d2 c2|"E" A2 G2 A4|A2 "D"A2 G2 A2|(d4 "G"d2)||
2
X: 2
T: Sephardic Song
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D2|"B" G2 A2 B2 "D"G2|F2 G2 "G"D4|d2 c2 d2 HG2|G2 F2 G2 "E"A2|B2 A2 G2 G2||
D2 G4 G2|F2 G2 B2 A2|G2 F2 "B"G4|"g"d2 d2 "B"c2 d2|
"d"G6 "c"F2|D2 C2 "B"D4|"g"D2 D2 C2 D2|G2 "Be"G4||

Sixteen comments

Spanish Song

Sounds nice in G minor but I put it in D minor as it’s an easier key. Some words attached but too many to post at this time of night.

Re: Spanish Song

Not the same tune as in the recording "Music from the Ozarks".

Re: Spanish Song

words : Que descansada vida
La del que sigue el mundanal ruido
Y sigue el escondida senda
Por donde han ido los pocos sabios
Que en el mundo han sido.

A bit hard to sing to this tune - "escondida" is on 6 notes. Most famous poem of Fray Luis de Leon who was a professor at Univ. of Salamanca in Spain’s Golden Age. Many other verses.

Re: Spanish Song

3 more verses (English)
2. May the birds wake me up
With their gentle, unlearned song
Not to be roused by heavy cares
Like the man who is subject to another’s will.

3. The breeze refreshes the garden
And offers a thousand scents to the senses.
It moves the trees with a gentle noise
That brings forgetfulness
of gold and sceptre.

4. Oh field, oh, oh, oh mountain, oh river.
Ah, sure delightful secret.
When the ship is almost shattered
I flee from that stormy sea
To your rest.

Last verse I’m told refers to the calm of the after-life.

Re: Spanish Song

X:1 best reflects this tune. Not sure why I posted another version, though original key WAS G minor.

Re: Spanish Song

Please note that the recording mentioned is NOT of this tune.

Re: Spanish Song

Have edited this slightly awkward tune to improve my version (better x:2 now). The poet came from a family of converted Jews in 16th century Spain and the tune has rather a Sephardic feel about it, I think.

Re: Spanish Song

It has taken me quite a time to play this tune on fiddle, but the tune does deserve the work I put in.

Re: Spanish Song

Change of title to "Sephardic Song" to avoid confusion with a tune called "Spanish Song". Would have liked to change main title but don’t think we are allowed to do that. Nice tune (see x:2).

Re: Spanish Song

I mistakenly listed this as a waltz (3/4) when it is in fact 4/4 and prob. best listed as a barndance. The words of the song are old and beautiful and the tune fits them well. Sorry, when I posted this I was getting used to abc notation and made errors along the way.

Re: Spanish Song

Re this song "gold and sceptre" refers to the looting of S. America by Spaniards. The 16th C poet simply hates this - the idea recurs in other poems of Fray Luis de Leon, a great poet by the way. His Ode to Salinas (his friend the organist) is lovely.

Re: Spanish Song

A minor, rather Jewish feel about this tune which I have liked a lot for many years. THe Jews have wandered the earth over the centuries as have the Irish one might say.

Re: Spanish Song

I’m sorry,I made a mistake in the 1st verse in Spanish. Verse should go:-

"Que descansada vida la del que huye el mundanal ruido
Y sigue la escondida senda
Por donde han ido
Los pocos sabios
Qu’en el mundo han sido." (have decided x:2 is better- tune)

Fray Luis de Leon. His Jewish family converted to Christianity in order to remain in Spain when Ferdinand and Isabella expelled the Jews from Spain. He became a professor at Salamanca Univ. after being imprisoned by the Inquisition for translating the "Song of Songs" into Spanish. Very sensual part of the OT, so he was in trouble! Was in jail for 2 years, then resumed his teaching career. Thanks Wikipedia for this v. intresting info.

Re: Sephardic Song

I have put some chords to "Sephardic Song". Not a barndance, but a slow air really. The song is about seeking peace in a troubled world. Like the Irish, Jewish folk are certainly wanderers over the world! The tune is lovely, but needs to be played slowly and expressively!

Re: Sephardic Song

Sorry chords slightly wonky, will have another try in the morning. Heard this first in G minor, and I think x:2 is better. As I say, a slow air! The words (transl. from the Spanish) are lovely - by Fray Luis de Leon (16th C professor at Salamanca University) imprisoned by the Inquisition for putting THE SONG OF SONGS into Spanish - a bit too sensual for their liking!!