Songs and Dances of Majorca

Songs and Dances of Majorca

Various Artists FW08828 / FW 8828

Majorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, lies about 110 nautical miles off the Spanish coast from Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea. The songs and dances on this album reflect the islanders’ lives in agriculture, with titles such as “Pruning and Shearing Song” and “Fig Pickers Mateixa,” and were once performed after work in the fields. The dances can be categorized as open dances (danzas abierta) or closed dances (danzas carradas); courting dances, the dominant form, are of both types. Featured here are bolero, bolera (a closed dance), capeo, mateixa, parado, and jota, each described in the liner notes. The musicians employ violins, guitars, castanets, and horns.

Year Released 1964
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Spain
Subject(s) World music

Download Liner Notes

101 Bolero n/a 1:11
102 Parado de Valldemosa n/a 2:46
103 Copeo n/a 1:24
104 Jota de sa Potada n/a 1:47
105 Majorcan Bolero n/a 1:30
106 Els Goigs de Pasqua n/a 1:25
107 Revetlia de Inca n/a 1:03
108 Ball de sa Neu n/a 2:54
109 Fig Pickers Mateixa n/a 2:22
110 Song of the Reapers n/a 1:13
201 Mateixa "Anda Curro" n/a 2:04
202 Na margalindeta n/a 1:58
203 Parado n/a 1:41
204 Bolero "Hoet d'en Boira" n/a 0:59
205 Copeo d'es Pia, Un n/a 1:43
206 Pruning and Shearing Song n/a 1:07
207 Majorca Bolero n/a 1:20
208 Mateixa for the Springtime n/a 2:16
209 Pig Killing Copeo n/a 2:01
210 Cançó de sa Ximbomba n/a 1:37
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