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WhenI hear the word "Festival", I automatically think "MUSIC"!
All Saints Day/Day of the Children has started, All Souls Day/Day of the Dead follows on November 2nd.
I've wanted to learn more about violin/fiddle music of Mexico.
November is a good time of the year/good place to start, since there are ritual festivals associated with these 2 days.
This performance has Violin and Cello! "Xochipitzahuatl "Flor Menudita" Día de Muertos"
Violin Cover of "La Llorona" from the movie "Coco" (Angela Aguilar).
Here's more contemporary "DIA DE LOS MUERTOS | Electric Violin & DJ | PEPPER & POCKET".
Here's a little background on the Day of the Dead.
I really didn't know where to place/start this thread.
Maybe we need an "International Traditional Folk Fiddling Genre" (of some sort) because maybe some Latin music might fit somewhere else, but what about Asian styles of music?
More to explore!
btw, learned today it's wise to double check links you copy/paste for security - may need to type them in instead (difference not always easily visible)!
Thanks a bunch, Sharon!
You just transported me back to when I was 12 years old, visiting California for the 1st time with my folks! Started in Los Angeles - I would have heard this while roaming the historic "Olvera Street"!
This piece isn't too far of a stretch for this thread - main melody's not hard, started learning this a while back (got sidetracked 😏). No violin to observe in this video, just classical Spanish guitar - one day I'll make it sound great on my "Mortimer" - without plucking a string (or maybe just a few)!
This is Mazurka "Mi favorita" (Anónimo) - Paola Hermosin (Seville, Spain).
"La paloma" - Leslie Egerer violin. I'm always thrown for a loop by this one, Leslie is from or (at least settled) in Norway! Poor video quality (sigh).
Violin & CELLO, back on topic for Day of the Dead, "La Bruja" - performed by Tempus Quartet.
Shoot, I just found music I had stashed for later - from Spain to all over Central & South America. ...and I just accidentally erased most of them!😳😣😡🤬
I foresee this topic branching out...
Here's a video of a traditional Xantolo Festival dance.
Xantolo is the Native Culture of Central Mexico's version of "Día de Muertos".
I believe the song they are playing on the fiddle in the video is,
"Las Pulguitas" (Son de Xantolo) - the Violin Tutorial can be found here (along with many others).
Also, found this really nice Violin Tutorial for a old favorite of mine - "La Malagueña" (no connection to "Day of the Dead"). I was afraid I'd have to learn this from a Flamenco guitar video!
For anyone needing sheet music, this should help - fairly easy melody except for the chords at the beginning.
How about some more son huasteco?
Son huasteco is one of the most influential of the regional folk music styles in Mexico, originating in the northeastern Mexican region called La Huasteca. The best-known song from this region is "Cielito Lindo" which probably needs no introduction.
Here's another traditional song, "El Gustito" with an outstanding violinist.
One particular dance, the huapango, has spread across Mexico, but originated in this style:
And this leads me to my obligatory classical connection: one of the more popular pieces by a Mexican composer is "Huapango" for orchestra by Jose Pablo Moncayo, led in this video by an outstanding Mexican conductor:
Moncayo's "Huapango" was actually the very first piece I performed (first piece on the program in my first concert) in my current orchestra.
You might notice, by the way, that violin playing in Mexican folk music uses a lot more classical technique than fiddle styles from other cultures, with a strong preference for full bows, plenty of shifting, and often heavy use of vibrato. Classically trained violinists have been preferred for a long time. Unlike Celtic and American fiddle styles, violins in many Mexican folk styles are played alongside brass instruments, which makes projection much more important.
Wanted to thank you for finding such fine examples of the traditional music.
I was having a very hard time listening to many huasteco and xantolo tunes - started sounding to me like someone was just scrubbing the strings.
Suppose I better beg admin to change the name of this thread to "Spanish and Hispanic American Violin".
Could you help me expand this subject?
Here's sheet music for a modern piece, "Havana" by Camila Cabello (Cuban-American).
Watch Camila Cabello Live along with her other songs here.
@BillyG - any way you can change the name of this thread to "Spanish and Hispanic American Violin" for me? My current heading is too limiting. (lol)