Diego Pisador

Conde claros con treinta y siete diferencias


Libro de música para vihuela (1552), fol. 1


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Source title Conde claros con ciertas diferencias para los principiantes y para los que más saben
Title in contents   Conde claros, co[n] treynta y siete differencias.
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Category variations

Genre conde claros

Fantasia type

Mode 6

Voices 3

Length (compases) 235


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final IV/3

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty not specified

Tempo not specified

Song Text


Vocal notation


Rubric: “Conde claros with certain variations for beginners and for those who know more”
Pisador opens his vihuela book with a set of 39 variations on the harmonic/rhythmic formula asssociated with the famous Conde Claros romance.

Pisador’s setting uses the customary vihuela habit of making it a piece in F (assuming a vihuela in G) with the I-IV-V harmonic formula rooted on the open fourth course (IV/0). It has a good deal of monotony and the occasional error of harmony.

The text of the romance on which it is based is in Binkley Spanish Romances (with English translation), 120-3. “Conde Claros” (Don Claros de Montalbán) was the protagonist of a popular Carolingian romance. See diaz1978