MUSIC OF PERU VICENTE BIANCHI ORCHESTRA AND LOS JARANISTAS
Music of Peru featuring Vicente Bianchi Orchestra and Los Jaranistas was released by Capitol Records and recorded in South America.
Llama lined jackets, antique silver and the warmest blankets in the world are not the only contributions of Peru to modern society. Authentic Peruvian popular music also has its charms and this long playing album actually recorded in South America is perhaps the first of its kind ever to be made available in North America. Yma Sumac already has spread the attractiveness of Peruvian music to the far corners of the world, but Vicente Bianchi's orchestra and the singing of Los Jaranistas provide still another exciting and welcome depiction of a little known nation, its people and its songs.
Lima of course, is the center of cultural activity in Peru with its 1,100,000 residents and its concentration of composers, musicians and artists. Few North Americans realize that this sophisticated nation is three times larger than the State of Califronia, embracing an area of 482,258 square miles and is a Republic governed by a President, a Cabinet and two legislative chamber bodies.
The talented Senor Bianchi and Los Jaranistas offer a splended variety of true Peruvian songs, and individual notes on each selection follow:
El Zapatero (The Shoemaker) - A Peruvian waltz. The lyrics describe a shoemaker who philosophically recommends domestic fidelity - this is an old, old song still sung and played consistently throughout Peru.
El Picaflor (The Hummingbird) - A huayno. Bianchi has arranged and composed a most attractive version of this song, in which nature is compared to a woman.
Mi Vals (My Waltz) - Another Peruvian waltz. Composed by Bianchi, it is one of his most popular selections, and the lyrics in Spanish were written by the noted Peruvian poetess Elena Toledo.
Cholita (Indian Girl) - A polka. There is an authentic Incaic flavor to this European type polka and this form of dance music has become immensely popular with Peruvians within the last 25 years.
Enganada (Deceived) - A waltz. Performed in slow tempo, the lyrics reproach the cool, indifferent heart of a woman.
La Flor De La Canela (Cinnamon Flower) - A waltz. Composed by Chabuca Granda, this is perhaps the top Peruvian hit in recent years, and the reason for its extreme popularity is obvious once one hears the delightful melody.
Virgenes De Sol (Virgins of the Sun) - Incaic foxtrot. An interesting consolidation of the North American foxtrot with authentic Incaic melodic lines, treated here in stylized form but maintaining the typical Peruvian flavor.
Tondero Preuano - A popular dance similar to the marinera. This is a popular dance beloved along the long Peruvian coastline. It is in three parts: Introduction, theme or chant, and fugue. Composed by Filomeno Ormeno, Tondero Peruano reveals a strong Indian influence with its subtle feeling of sadness and melancholia.
El Plebeyo (The Plebeian) - A waltz. Senor Bianchi has taken a classic, old waltz and via a brilliant 1957 arrangement, presents it with fresh harmonies in attractive new dress.
Tristeza Andina (Andean Sorrow) - A Peruvian song. This comes from the north of Peru and is identified by its plaintive air, an equivalent to the yaravi, traditional song of ancient Inca times. It maintains its original mood despite Senor Bianchi's modern treatment.
La Palizada (The Palisade) - A Peruvian waltz. Another standard selection beloved by Peruvians both in the cities and in rural areas.
Carnaval Arequipeno (Carnival in Arequipa) - A carnaval. As its title indicates, this is a traditional huayno originating in Arequipa, up in the highlands, and is usually performed by the sicuris (players of the sicu). The sicu is a Peruvian flute quite unlike the flutes employed in orchestras in Europe and North America.
The world continues to shrink in size as modern aircraft and speedier ocean liners bring the fascinating nations of South America closer to the U.S.A. and Canada. More and more, in time, will the marvelously distinctive and appealing music of other nations be heard, accepted and assimilated into the popular music of North America. Capitol is privileged to present the art of Senor Bianchi and Los Jaranistas for the first time on records in North America. More, almost certainly, will be forthcoming.
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