Xacara from ‘Flores de Música’

24

May
2010

From 1706-1709, Spanish organist Antonio Martín y Coll compiled an extraordinary four-volume manuscript of organ music entitled Flores de Música, or “Musical Flowers,” which contained dozens of primarily anonymous works (few if any composers are named).

It included many of the typical organ pieces that a professional organist was expected to play (improvise)—toccatas, variations, canciones, dances, etc.

I’ve been performing music from Flores for many years, often creating my own editions based on the original manuscript. The following Xacara, a popular Spanish baroque dance, is one of my favorites:

DOWNLOAD: Anonymous/Martín y Coll, Xacara

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