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¡Qué viva la ronda! — CD Recording

Los Californios® ¡Qué viva la ronda! Album Cover This energetic new CD recording by Los californios® features the songs collected at Rancho Camulos by Charles Fletcher Lummis from members of the del Valle family household.

Click on album cover (left) for the album notes and words for the songs.

Los Californios® ¡Qué viva la ronda! Album Cover

Item Number: CD-020 CAM      $15.00

Sheet music available separately: see below.

Flowers of Our Lost Romance — Recording available in CD or Cassette

Los Californios® Flowers of Our Lost Romance Album Cover Los californios® first album includes 60 minutes of beautiful early California dances and songs sung in the original archaic Spanish.

DVD cover for The Remuda Two pieces from this CD are part of the music used in The Remuda, a DVD film by J & S Productions about the evolution of the buckaroo beginning in California over 200 years ago. Other musicians featured in this movie include Pedro Marquez, Ian Tyson and Dave Stamey.

For a video clip produced by the Lively Arts History Association using this recording for the audio, click here.

Music from this CD was also used for a Latino USA program reporting on the descendents of Spanish and Mexican-era Californians and their efforts to preserve a genealogical identity.

Click on album cover (right) for the album notes and words for the songs.

CD Item Number: CD-010 FLO      $15.00
Cassette Item Number: CAS-010 FLO      $10.00


Music Books of Sheet Music Transcriptions

Music of Early California | El ciego Melquíades Rodríguez

Music of Early California — Songs and Dance Tunes

Research by Los californios® has resulted in a growing number of original transcriptions and arrangements of songs and dance tunes, many from the Edison wax cylinders recorded by Charles Fletcher Lummis. This is available as a comb-bound book containing 402 pages of music transcribed over a period of ten years, mostly from primary sources, and arranged with chord indications in common folk music keys. Lead and harmony lines (segunda) are included for most pieces in the traditional style, and an index to the pieces is included. Most of these pieces have not been readily available to a general audience for over a hundred years. These transcriptions finally make this music once again accessible and available for performers and scholars. Click here for additional details.

Songs from Rancho Camulos | Villa Family | Francisco Amate | García Family | Dances

The Big Book:
All the early California material in one giant book

Item Number: BK-110 CAL      $45.00

Volume 1: 1999 Supplement — 38 pages

Volume 2: 2000 Supplement — 32 pages

Volume 3: 2001 Supplement — 40 pages

Volume 4: 2002 Supplement — 44 pages

Volume 5: 2003 Supplement — 44 pages

Volume 6: 2004 Supplement — 44 pages

Volume 7: 2005 Supplement — 44 pages

Volume 8: 2006 Supplement — 56 pages

Volume 9: 2007 Supplement — 60 pages

Volume 10: 2008 Supplement — 62 pages

Item Number: BK-001 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-002 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-003 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-004 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-005 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-006 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-007 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-008 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-009 CAL      $10.00

Item Number: BK-010 CAL      $10.00

Songs from Rancho Camulos


Songs from Rancho Camulos

Traditions of the del Valle Family Household

This publication focuses on the repertoire of the del Valle family of Rancho Camulos, located near Magic Mountain, north of Los Angeles. This is the first segment of the tunes in our larger work to be broken out by area or informant.

Item Number: BK-201 CAL      $10.00

Click on book cover illustration (right) for further description and specific titles.

Recording available separately: see above.

Songs from the Villa Family




Songs from the California Traditions of the Villa Family

This publication focuses on the repertoire of the Villa family of Los Angeles. This is the second segment of the tunes in our larger work to be broken out by area or informant.

Item Number: BK-202 CAL      $10.00

Click on book cover illustration (left) for further description and specific titles.

Songs from Francisco Amate




Songs from Francisco Amate

A Spanish vagamundo in California

This publication focuses on the repertoire of Songs from Francisco Amate. This is the third segment of the tunes in our larger work to be broken out by area or informant.

Item Number: BK-203 CAL      $10.00

Click on book cover illustration (right) for further description and specific titles.

Music of the García Family of Los Angeles




Music of the García Family of Los Angeles

Song Traditions of Manuela García & her Family

This publication focuses on the repertoire of the García family of Los Angeles. This is the fourth segment of the tunes in our larger work to be broken out by area or informant.

Item Number: BK-204 CAL      $10.00

Click on book cover illustration (left) for further description and specific titles.

Dance tunes from Mexican and Spanish California




Dance tunes from Mexican and Spanish California

This book of dance tunes is the fifth segment of the tunes in our larger work to be broken out by area or informant. Unlike our previous collections, seventeen of the forty-one pieces included in this collection are not included in our ten-volume Music of Early California collection.

Item Number: BK-205 CAL      $10.00

Click on book cover illustration (right) for further description and specific titles.

Joseph María García Manuscript: Volume 1: Contradanzas




Dance Tunes from the Joseph María García Manuscript:
    Volume 1: Contradanzas

From the Eleanor Hague Collection
at the Braun Research Library, Gene Autry Center


A Mexican dance master’s fake book from 1772.

This sixth specialized book of 168 seventeenth- and eighteenth-century contradanza tunes includes some tunes that are inluded in our ten-volume Music of Early California collection, but the vast majority are new to our collections.

Item Number: BK-206 CAL      $15.00

Click on book cover illustration (left) for further description and specific titles.

El ciego Melquíades

Book cover illustration

The Fiddle Tunes of Melquíades Rodríguez,
a tejano fiddler of yesterday

This Texas-Mexican fiddler recorded in San Antonio, Texas from 1935 until about 1950. His popular and lively style of fiddle-based dance music was about to succumb to the post World War II trend for louder and flashier sounds. As the fiddle was replaced by the accordion in Tex-Mex music, these fiddle tunes faded from the popular scene.

Discover for yourself the delights of playing the repertoire of this Mexican and tejano heritage. Click on book cover illustration (left) for further description and specific titles.

Item Number: BK-301 TEJ      $15.00


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