Manuel Correa’s ‘Dime Pedro’
Manuel Correa was a 17th-century Portuguese composer who spent a good part of his working life in Spain. His compositions, highly regarded in their day, were mainly intended for the church, with a number of exceptions. Correa’s music can be found in archives located in Spain and Latin America, and include a Mass, various sacred works, tonos humanos (solo songs), and over sixty villancicos.
The only piece I’ve performed of his is the secular song “Dime Pedro por tu vida,” about a woman asking her friend Pedro what he thinks of her physical attributes.
Last year, I arranged a version for my group L’AURA. Originally for four voices (as found in a Peruvian manuscript), my edition is in two parts and intended for solo soprano and basso continuo. Included in the download are the complete verses (I set only four) as well as a facsimile of the original.
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