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Traditions of the del Valle Family Household
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Item Number: BK-201 CAL $10.00In 1903 the ardent promoter of the cultures of the Southwest, Charles Fletcher Lummis, took on an immense project. With his charter in hand for the Southwest Society, a chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, he purchased an Edison wax cylinder recording machine and proceeded to “catch our archaeology alive” by recording hundreds of the disappearing songs of the californios and Native Americans of the region.
Those of the Edison wax cylinders that are still extant reside at the Southwest Museum’s Braun Research Library in Highland Park, now part of The Autry Center.
This music book reflects a small part of that collection — specifically the songs that Lummis collected from Rancho Camulos, a rancho located just west of Magic Mountain, north of Los Angeles. This rancho was the home of the del Valle family, and is now open as a museum.
Many of these pieces are “sister duets”, with original harmony arrangements. The transcriptions include lead lines, with harmony lines for most pieces, and the accompanying chords are indicated for guitar players or other chording instruments. The books are bound in comb bindings so they’ll stay open. Also included is an Index, a First Line Index and a Phrase Index. These transcriptions finally make this music accessible and available for performers and scholars.
All of these pieces are included in the ten-volume Music of Early California collection, although they are scattered among the various years. If you already have that work, you may not want this one.
¡Qué viva la ronda!
Click on album cover (left) for the album notes and words for the songs.
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