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Theme and Five Variations ​on the Spanish Folk Song LA TARARA

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By Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal

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Piano Solo - Digital Download
Composed by Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal. 21st Century, 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Modern. 22 pages. Published by Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal (S0.1000129).

Item Number: S0.1000129


​Each variation represents a scene:
Tema / Theme Var. 1 La Tarara y los niños
Var. 2 Monólogo
Var. 3 Arrebato
Var. 4 Soledad
Var. 5 La Tarara baila

La Tarara is a song that for generations Spanish children sung in circles. Some specialists point out that its origin would be Sephardic, although the first known versions date back to the 19th century. Collected by Spanish poet Federico García-Lorca in 1931, still today it can be heard sung as part of the folk tradition of Spain.

The song tells us about a woman (Tarara) who walks through the fields dancing, with add clothing and somewhat strange behavior, most likely crazy. Children would follow her and laugh loudly while playing and dancing.

This piano piece presents the theme accompanied by a simple harmonization, followed by 5 variations, each of which uses the theme as material. The first variation (Tarara and the children) watches the scene from outside, while variations 2 to 5 describe the character of La Tarara from inside her own point of view.

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