:: Title :: Cant de la Sibil.la
:: Genre :: Christmas song, dance/drama, religious song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Mas Torres, Francesca [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Valldemossa (Mallorca), Islas Baleares (Spain)
:: Language :: Catalan, Balearic, Mallorqui
:: Culture :: Spanish, Balearic, Majorcan
:: Session :: Valldemossa 7/52
:: Date :: 7/4/1952
:: Reference Information :: T597.0, Track 2 (00:01:47)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The Mallorca recordings were made following the festival in Palma, Mallorca, and are the first fieldwork sessions of Alan Lomax's six months in Spain. These Valldemossa recordings are a mixture of traditional (agricultural work songs, the very old Cant de la Sibil.la, etc) and folklorized styles. Several fine black and white photographs accompany them.Tape boxes note that Francesca Mas Torres worked as she sang the work songs and the recordings include the sounds of the agricultural tasks. In Valldemossa the atmosphere, Lomax wrote on the tape box, became much less formal when the folklore group ended and several men stayed to sing friction drum (ximbomba) songs. The electricity was cut at 1:00 a.m., he wrote, and "with two bottles of cognac we strolled off to the moonlit hills"?"all bachelors.." to keep singing ximbomba songs. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Song of the Sybilline prophecy, a survival from the medieval period, which never actually died out, but also now becoming quite fashionable as a revival.
:: Collection :: Spain 1952-1953



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