O Cabalo Azul jig

Also known as The Blue Horse Muiñeira, The Blue Horse Muñeira, The Blue Horse, Galician Muiñeira, Muiñeira Da Ponte De San Paio, Muiñeira De Pontesampaio, Muiñeira Do Cabalo Azul, Muineira O Cabalo Azul, Muiñeiras De Cabalo Azul, Muñeira De Cabalo Azul, Muneira De Pontesampaio, Muñeira Do Cabalo Azul, Muneira O Cabalo Azul, Muniera De San Paio.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

O Cabalo Azul has been added to 4 tune sets.

O Cabalo Azul has been added to 50 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: O Cabalo Azul
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A,3|:D2E F2G|ABA dzd|ABA GFE|FD/2D/2D D2A,|D2E F2G|
ABA dd/2d/2d|ABA GFE|1DD/2D/2D D2A,:|2D3 DA/2A/2G|^FGA AGA|
A<BG GFG|EFG GFG|G<AF FEF|DEF FEF|F<GE EDE|
^CDE F2E|D3 DA/2A/2G||^FGA B/2A/2GA|c<dB BAB|GAB BAB|
B<cA AGA|FGA AGA|A<BG GFG|EFG A2G|F2d d^cd|
|e2B A/2B/2AG|A2d d^cd|e2B A/2B/2AG|A2D ABA|GAG FGF|
E^D=D ABA|GAG F/2G/2FE|D2d d^cd|e2B A/2B/2AG|A2d d^cd|
fed A/2B/2AG|A2D A2A|GAG FGF|E^D=D ABA|GAG F/2G/2FE|
D3 DEF|:GAG GEF|GAG GEF|G2B A2^G|AGF FEF|
GAG GEF|GAG GEF|G/2G/2GB AFE|1DFA dEF:|2D3 D2A,|
X: 2
T: O Cabalo Azul
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B3|:E2F G2A|BcB eze|BcB AGF|GE/2E/2E E2B|
E2F G2A|BcB ee/2e/2e|BcB AGF|1EE/2E/2E E2B:|2E3 EB/2B/2A|
^GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA AGA|A<BG GFG|
EFG GFG|G<AF FEF|^DEF G2F|E3 EB/2B/2A||
^GAB c/2B/2AB|d<ec cBc|ABc cBc|c<dB BAB|
GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA B2A|G2e e^de||
f2c B/2c/2BA|B2e e^de|f2c B/2c/2BA|B2E BcB|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G/2A/2GF|E2e e^de|
f2c B/2c/2BA|B2e e^de|gfe B/2c/2BA|B2E B2B|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G/2A/2GF|E3 EFG|:
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A2c B2^A|BAG GFG|
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A/2A/2Ac BGF|1EGB eFG:|2E3 E2B|
X: 3
T: O Cabalo Azul
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B|:E2F G2A|BcB e2e|BcB AGF|G2E E2B|
E2F G2A|BcB e3|BcB AGF|1E3 E2B:|2E3 EBA|
|^GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA AGA|A<BG GFG|
EFG GFG|G<AF FEF|^DEF G2F|E3 EBA||
^GAB BAB|d<ec cBc|ABc cBc|c<dB BAB|
GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA B2A|G2e e^de||
|f2c B2A|B2e e^de|f2c B2A|B2E BcB|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G2F|E2e e^de|
f2c B2A|B2e e^de|f2c B2A|B2E B3|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G2F|E3 EFG|:
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A2c B2^A|BAG GFG|
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A2c BGF|1EGB EFG:|2E3 E2B|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: O Cabalo Azul
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A,|:D2E F2G | ABA d3 | ABA GFE | FED D2 A, |
|D2E F2G | ABA d^cd | ABA GFE |1 D3 D2 A, :|2 D3 A2G||
|:^F2A AGA | B2G GFG | EFG GFG | A2F FEF|
|DEF FEF | G2E EDE | CDE F2E |1 D3 A2G :|2 D2d d^cd ||
|: e2B A2^G | A2D d^cd | fed AB^G | A2D ABA |
|GAG FGF | E2D ABA | GAG F2E |1 D2d d^cd :|2 D3 DEF ||
|: GAG GEF | GAG GEF | G2B A2^G | AGF FEF |
| GAG GEF | GAG GEF | G2B AEF |1 D3 DEF :|2 D3 D2 ||

Thirty comments

“muñeira” not “muiñeira”

In Galicia, jigs are called "muñeiras". I’ve double-checked and this is the right spelling. You will nevertheless see many references to "muiñeiras", but it only takes one "i".

Writing this one, I tried to capture the subtleties of Carlos’ interpretation. Of course, I did not succeed… In music, nothing compares to the ear!

Lovely tune.

What’s another “i” more or less?

Hi f.pellerin

I wouldn’t be too concerned about that type of tune being spelled with two "i" as "muiñiera" That seems to be how it’s spelled in Galego on Nuñez’s site and on the sleeve notes of the Galician group Milladoiro’s first recording.:-)

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Should the 1st time last bar of the final part be like this?

DFA dEF:|

I know this tune, but didn’t know the title. I think it has a known composer (a piper) and was composed sometime in the 50s or 60s, but I don’t know the name.

Unlike the Uillean pipes, the Gaita Gallega can play a full chromatic scale over two octaves, using cross fingering (similar to a recorder) and tunes in melodic minor scales, such as this one, are not uncommon. They are usually pitched in C, so this tune would sound in Cm.

In fact, it’s more of a harmonic minor. Not the Dorian or Aeolian mode.

Galician Muiñeiras / Muñeira ~

"Muiñeira a De Cabana"
Submitted on December 16th 2001 by keko.
https://thesession.org/tunes/437

"Muiñeira De Casu"
Submitted on October 30th 2002 by Trinil.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1096

"Muiñeira De Poio"
Submitted on July 1st 2004 by chris_celt.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3231

"Muineira Del Sol"
Submitted on August 20th 2004 by FiddlinViolinin.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3428

"Galician Muiñeira"
Submitted on October 20th 2004 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3730

"Muineira de "Chao"
Submitted on March 1st 2005 by FiddlinViolinin.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4268

"Cristina Pato’s Muiñeira #1"
Submitted on March 21st 2005 by swisspiper.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4336

"Cristina Pato’s Muiñeira #2"
Submitted on March 22nd 2005 by swisspiper.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4343

"Muñeira Anterga"
Submitted on January 25th 2006 by eduard.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5452

Muiñeira-rama

Thanks for the handy muiñeira cross-referencing, ‘c’!

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isn’t "muneira" without the "i" the asturian language name for jig?

To ‘i’ or not to ‘i’ ~ ‘i’, ‘i’, ‘i’, ‘i’ ~ your mother chases after submarines, oops, sorry, a distraction ~

It seems, even album notes, Asturians themselves vary the spelling. Maybe it goes by district?

In galician is muiñeira

In galician is muiñeira

(i’m galician)

That’s good, really, I’m happy for you, but it seems we may have a disagreement between the Asturians and the Galicians? ~ or at least some folks take it with or without, like coffee or tea with or without cream or milk… :-/

I’ve just come across this tune in a tutor book (and monster tune collection) ‘Os Segredos da Gaita (‘The Secrects of the Gaita’), by Xose Lois Foxo (sho-SEH lo-EESS FO-sho), under the title,
‘Muiñeira Da Ponte De San Paio’ - (I’ve posted this as an alternate title). It says it was collected by J. Inzenga.

Incidentally, the whole book is in Gallego, published by the Galician regional authority (Xunta de Galicia) and it consistently uses the spelling ‘muiñeira’. And, for the record, in Portugal, it’s ‘murinheira’.

"isn’t "muneira" without the "i" the asturian language name for jig?"

Swisspiper - There are too many subtle shades of meaning for there to be one-to-one word relationships between languages. Sometimes, rather than adopt foreign words to denote foreign concepts, we use a word that is a close approximation. An Asturian musician might find it convenient to use ‘muiñeira’ or ‘muñeira’ to refer to a jig, a musician from the British Isles might refer to a muñeira as a ‘jig’. But, I don’t think ‘muñeira’ is the Asturian word a jig any more than ‘jig’, is the English word for ‘muñeira’.

As for traditional dancing, I know very little about it - much less that of the NW Iberian peninsula. But I did see a muiñeira danced (accompanied very deftly on pandeireta [tambourine], no other musicians being present) in Vigo, Galicia, and I can say that it bore very little resemblance to any jig I have seen.

Muiñeira de Pontesampaio

the correct name of this tune is: Muiñeira de Pontesampaio.
This tune dates from 1880.
Galician muiñeiras are closed to asturian muñeras, but slightly diferent.

MuiÑeiras

If you travel once to Galicia you can realise everybody say MUIÑEIRA in galician language and even in spanish.
Muiñeira is a word refered to MUIÑO, mill in english.
Usually the whells of the mills in Galiza were drived by hydropower.
When the people went to the mills they spent all the day there and finally they sang songs and play tunes called MUIÑEIRAS, but not all the tunes played there are musically MUIÑEIRAS.

I love it, ‘I’nternational conflict at TheSesh… ;-)

Personally, I’m not so fond of the "E^D=D" parts, but perhaps I just need to her Carlos play it. Other than that, this is a really nice tune.

to say that << In Galicia, jigs are called "muñeiras" >> is like saying they call an Irish wolfhound a ‘cocker spaniel’…

E Minor

X: 1
T: O Cabalo Azul
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K:Emin
B3|:E2F G2A|BcB eze|BcB AGF|GE/2E/2E E2B|
E2F G2A|BcB ee/2e/2e|BcB AGF|1EE/2E/2E E2B:|2E3 EB/2B/2A|
^GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA AGA|A<BG GFG|
EFG GFG|G<AF FEF|^DEF G2F|E3 EB/2B/2A||
^GAB c/2B/2AB|d<ec cBc|ABc cBc|c<dB BAB|
GAB BAB|B<cA AGA|FGA B2A|G2e e^de||
f2c B/2c/2BA|B2e e^de|f2c B/2c/2BA|B2E BcB|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G/2A/2GF|E2e e^de|
f2c B/2c/2BA|B2e e^de|gfe B/2c/2BA|B2E B2B|
ABA GAG|F^E=E BcB|ABA G/2A/2GF|E3 EFG|:
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A2c B2^A|BAG GFG|
ABA AFG|ABA AFG|A/2A/2Ac BGF|1EGB eFG:|2E3 E2B|

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title

the title is Muiñeira de Pontesampaio. Well known in Galicia

Re: O Cabalo Azul

Where did the name "O Cabalo Azul" come from? Is it equally legitimate? Was it made up by Carlos Nuñez?

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Muneira De Pontesampaio

As played by Niamh Ni Charra on

https://thesession.org/recordings/3804

In the sleeve notes she writes: "A Galician muineira, a dance tune similar to a jig, which goes by two names; Muineira de Pontesampaio, and O Cabalo Azul (The Blue Horse). It celebrates the heroic defeat of Napoleon’s men by an army of local sailors and farmers."

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio

This tune’s quite like O Cabalo Azul which is posted on The Session (though in a different key). That tune’s also
known as Muneira De Pontesampaio. The comment here’s interesting.

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio

I’m a Galician piper and, as far as I know, ‘Muiñeira de Pontesampaio’ is the original name of this trad tune and ‘O cabalo azul’ is the name of a set played by Carlos Núñez in his album ‘Os amores libres’ (track 7).

Great tune, by the way!

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio

@Susan K
Yes, you’re right. I should have done a more thorough search! First setting is even in the same key and very similar.
I didn’t find it, maybe due to the search function not working properly at the moment, also it wasn’t linked in the recording.
So I guess it’s just another version of the tune and should be moved there.

@ ghaiteiro
Niamh Ni Charra learned from Carlos Núñez and on her album she plays the tune in a set called The Blue Horse!

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio

And yes, it is a great tune!

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio

Yes, search function wasn’t working at all for a while, everything came up blank. Back to normal now. I’d printed a copy of one setting of this tune because I liked it a lot… Can be awkward too when tunes have a multitude of names, but that’s what happens in traditional music!

Re: Muneira De Pontesampaio - Cristina Pato & Silk Road Ensemble version

There’s a brilliant version of this by Cristina Pato and The Silk Road Ensemble on their "Live at Tanglewood" DVD, along with Muneira do Ariel (https://thesession.org/tunes/9549). Sadly no related studio version or live album.

(The tracklist of this recording says that the first one is Muneira de Ourense rather than Muneira do Ariel but this doesn’t fit with any other recordings I’ve heard or the dots here on the session)