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j xi i In the appendices to his monumental 1980 work Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A SelfPortrait of a People, John Donald Robb included a section with arrangements for voice and piano for the first twelve songs in Cancionero: Songs of Laughter and Faith in New Mexico.1 Cancionero is Robb’s intended sequel to Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico, first published in 1954 and then revised in 2008.2 Prefacing the arrangements , Robb wrote: In the course of an interview in Rio de Janeiro, Hector Villa-Lobos, who was known in his country as “Mr. Folklore,” told me, “I am not a folklorist. I use folklore to form my musical personality.” I confess that I have something of this feeling, too, and the result has been that I have made arrangements of folk songs and have used them as thematic materials in many of my musical compositions.3 In Robb’s archival papers, one finds a notebook with early arrangements of these twelve songs, last corrected in 1977 and entitled “Twelve New Mexico Folksongs.”4 Robb’s penciled note says, “This is the latest copy. Destroy other copies.”5 The selections are representative of the various forms of Hispanic folk song, including canciones , relaciones, himnos, inditas, corridos, and romances, as well as of topical subjects, such as occupations (soldiers , shepherds) and special occasions. In notes for the individual songs, Robb indicated that he arranged several Hispanic folk songs for his compositions—in his opera Little Jo and in his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.6 Simple yet dramatic and sometimes humorous melodies and verses reflect Robb’s love of the culture and the people he so treasured, as well as of their music, which he devoted his life to recording. Cancionero: Songs of Laughter and Faith in New Mexico was an important project for James Bratcher, a member of the John Donald Robb Musical Trust Board of Directors from 2003 until his death in 2012. He contributed his exceptional skill at editing and arranging music, as well as his musical vision as the chair of the UNM Robb Trust’s Performance and Education Committee. In this collection , Bratcher added “El tecolote” as a thirteenth song—a “composer’s dozen.” The tecolote, or owl, represents a soldier in the army of Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. This collection of thirteen songs includes three canciones, one combined canción-relación, one canto ceremonial, two romances burlescos, one indita, one corrido, one despedida, one relación, one himno, and one villancico. The melodies and verses are derived from Robb’s original field recordings and papers. The scores were edited, and additional melodies of some songs and, where available , concert performance versions were included. Bratcher also added guitar chords as an alternate accompaniment . Text revisions and edits were made by Bratcher, Marilyn P. Fletcher, Robert Tillotson, Tomás Ruiz-Fábrega, James Bonnell, Nancy Harbert, and Thomas McVeety. It is anticipated that this work will be enjoyed whenever people gather around to sing. Nothing would make Dean Robb happier than to know these songs will be sung and remembered. Grateful acknowledgment for the support of this volume goes to Editor-in-Chief Clark Whitehorn and Director John Byram of the University of New Mexico Press, UNM Distinguished Professor Emeritus Enrique Lamadrid,theUNMCollegeofFineArts,theUNMJohn Donald Robb Musical Trust, the UNM Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research, the Mr. and Mrs. Sanford N. McDonnell Foundation, and John Donald Robb Jr. and Priscilla Robb McDonnell for their never-ceasing enthusiasm in the support of Dean Robb’s legacy. Copies of the songs in this volume may be reproduced for classroom use. editorial preface robb_cancionero_txtfnl_fa15_rev2.indd 11 8/25/15 10:45 AM j xii i Notes 1. “Piano-Vocal Arrangements of Selected Songs,” in John Donald Robb, Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A Self-Portrait of a People (1980; repr., Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2014), 831–59. 2. John Donald Robb, Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico, rev. ed. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008). 3. Robb, “Piano-Vocal Arrangements of Selected Songs.” 4. John Donald Robb Papers, MSS 497 BC, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries, Albuquerque. 5. Ibid. 6. Ibid. robb_cancionero_txtfnl_fa15_rev2.indd 12 8/25/15 10:45 AM ...


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