En Pasando La Perruca reel

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Three settings

X: 1
T: En Pasando La Perruca
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B (3c/d/e/ |: f3-f/f/ f2 g>f | e3c de f>e | d3B ed cB |1 B^A- A3 B B (3c/d/e/ :|2 B^A-A2 BA Bc |]
d>c B2 d2 ed/e/ | f2 zB B^A Bc | d2 e>d c>B ^A>c |
B>c de cd B2 | Bc de cd B2 | f3f g3g | gf ef fe dc |
d>c d>c d>c d>c | B6 |]
X: 2
T: En Pasando La Perruca
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
D>F|:A2-A>AA2B>A|G2-GE FG A>G|F2-FD GF ED|1D^c2-cD D>F:|2D^c3D^C DE||
X: 3
T: En Pasando La Perruca
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E>G|:B2-B>BB2c>B|A2-AF GAB>A|G2-GE AGFE|E^d2-dE E>G|
B3B c3c|cBAB BAGF|G>FG>F G>FG>F|E6 E>G:||
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Six comments

En Pasando La Perruca

Wee break from Irish/Scottish tunes for me to bring yous a wee tune from my home, Asturias.
It’s a slow tune based on an old Asturian song found in an 1890’s songbook, "100 cantos populares asturianos (100 popular Asturian songs)" by José Hurtado.

This one can be found on page 70 (no. 89).

I don’t have much information about the song, but based on the lyrics (it talks about leaving Asturias, "my beloved Asturias, when will I see you again") I assume it refers to going through a railway tunnel named "La Perruca" that connects Asturias and Leon. It was Inaugurated 1884, it’s 3.07 km long and, at the time, it was the longest tunnel in Spain.

I’ve transcribed this version from Llan de Cubel’s latest album "La lluz encesa". It’s the first tune of the first track and the flute you can hear is Breton master Jean-Michel Veillon.


Original in Bb harmonic minor, I’ve transposed it to B harmonic minor to adapt it to the "usual" whistle/flute setup.

Re: En Pasando La Perruca

Good to know that this is a slow tune as it looks quite tricky! Nice to see a Spanish one (there are some fantastic Spanish dance tunes, my favourite being "Machacado" from Andalucia I think).

Re: En Pasando La Perruca

Sorry correction "Machaquito" (ages since I played it).

Re: En Pasando La Perruca

Haha, glad you like it @Susan. I don’t know Machaquito at all. To be fair I don’t know much Andalusian music, funnily enough it’s probably as "foreign" to me as it is for many people here.

That’s one of the interesting things about Spain, there are big changes depending on which part of the country you visit. In the North, "Green Spain", we play bagpipes and our version the miscalled "Celtic" music and many of us are annoyed that the only music/dance the Spanish tourism board use to promote the country is 99% of the time…. yes, you guessed correctly, flamenco. It leaves out most of the country as it’s only representative of a fairly small area.

Re: En Pasando La Perruca

davidfm : Had a piano bk of Spanish dances which I gave to the Orkney Library to add to their Music Scores Archive (now in reference room upstairs). In it was "Machaquito". Wasn’t much borrowed but it had Moorish sounding gitano tunes - maybe arranger came from Andalucia. Is Galicia the Celtic fringe (if you may call it that)? Also for piano, Sp. dances by Granados are terrific tho’ a professional pianist needed to do them justice.

Lots of flamenco music heard by me in Sevilla late 1970s on a visit to do a Spanish course. Spain is a fascinating place wi so many cultural influences.

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Galicia is definitely part of it of course! And yes, Granados’ dances are brilliant. They were part of the Conservatoire curriculum when I studied. Absolutely loved them.