Enríquez de Valderrábano

Otras [74] diferencias sobre el tenor de Conde Claros por otro tono


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 99v


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Source title Siguense otras diferentes diferencias sobre el tenor de conde claros por otro tono, adonde ay mas diferencias para discantar q[ue] en el passado. Las primeras difere[n]cias hasta venir los redobles, son del primero grado, han se de tañer conforme al tiempo que es apriesa, para parescer meior.
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Category variations

Genre conde claros

Fantasia type

Mode 6

Voices 3

Length (compases) 445


Tuning C

Courses 6

Final V/0

Highest I/10

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty variable

Tempo medium

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A set of 74 Variations on Conde Claros, here set a fourth lower than the previous setting va 167. It makes use of a wide variety of textures and contrapuntal ideas and concludes with the final variations in triple metre.

A duet version was published by Phalèse, Hortus Musarum [1552/11, p. 102, nº 100] combining this version with Valderrábano’s preceding setting (va167), specifying that the second lute should be a fourth higher, therefore obviating the need to transpose either of the Valderrábano settings. The duet finishes on the first note of the 24th variation.

Song Text

Media noche era por filo,
los gallos querían cantar,
Conde Claros, con amores
no podía reposar.
(1st stanza. from Trend, The Music of Spanish History to 1600, p 104)

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