Friday, 13 April 2012

Anónimo (improv.) 'Jota', México, XVIII



This is track 6 of the CD  Villancicos y Danzas Criollas de la Iberia Antigua al Nuevo Mundo by Hesperion XXI. I bought it a couple of years or more ago, but only got around to playing it yesterday. Ay, this track me encanta, as they say. It's an improvisation on the Jota, a genre of music and associated dance that probably originated in Aragon. I didn't know any of that until two minutes ago when I wikipedia'd the term, which I found in the CD booklet. This Jota is from Mexico, early 18th century. It begins prettily, like a music box, then gets decidedly more sensuous as it develops. It's highly addictive and I've been playing it all morning. Espero que os guste.

Anonimo-Jota by La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall on Grooveshark

4 comments:

Candy said...

You have introduced me to some gems. This is magically poised and very evocative of something so ephemeral it has to be had...Where do you find these beautiful things?

Vilges Suola said...

I think the first Hesperion XXI album I bought was 'Diaspora Sefardi' with the brilliant track 'Las Estrellas en los Cielos' which is in the music box thingy in the sidebar.

I'm surprised this one went unplayed for so long - it's a beauty, been stuck on a shelf behind a plant for ages.

Candy said...

It's wonderful.... thank you for once more lifting up my rather mundane musical library.

Vilges Suola said...

Glad you like it!

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