Enríquez de Valderrábano

Fantasía 25 [del] octavo tono


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 77v


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Source title Fantasia en el Segu[n]do grado. Octauo tono.
Title in contents   Fantasia en el segundo grado suelta.
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Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type nIm+Im

Mode 8

Voices 3

Length (compases) 106


Tuning E

Courses 6

Final VI/3

Highest I/8

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty medium

Tempo medium

Song Text


Vocal notation


A predominantly freely composed, non-imitative fantasia of 106 compases. It begins with typically loose imitation of theme 1, proceeds by typical Valderrabano plays with imitations of a motive (theme 2) that is present in many of his works (c. 47-51) as light relief in a free context.
At 85 he introduces the inversion of 2 as an ostinato (theme 3) in B after a forewarning in A at 81-82. Little three note motive as K at 102.
Structurally very similar to the parody which it follows in Silva de Sirenas.

It has been postulated that the opening is based on “Si tantos monteros” / “Si tantos halcones”