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Music of the García Family
of Los Angeles — Music Folio

Music of the García Family of Los Angeles

Transcribed, edited and arranged by
Vykki Mende Gray

Item Number: BK-204 CAL      $10.00

Description | Contents | Los García

In 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 members of the García family.

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.
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Table of Contents

Acércate, bien mío......................................................... 8         La mononona............................................................... 72
Adiós, a tender el vuelo................................................ 10       La morena.................................................................... 73
Amar, amar................................................................... 11       La mujer adorada......................................................... 74
Amigo mío..................................................................... 12       Mujer de negros ojos................................................... 75
La ausencia................................................................... 13       La mujer insensible...................................................... 76
¡Ay! mamá..................................................................... 14       Mujer, mujer, mi corazón de fuego............................... 77
¡Ay! ¡qué horrible!......................................................... 15       Una mujer quien yo amaba.......................................... 78
La barquillera................................................................ 16       Niña inocente............................................................... 79
Capitán de un barco...................................................... 17       No hay en la brisa........................................................ 80
La cara negra................................................................ 18       No me niegues............................................................. 81
El cazador..................................................................... 19       No volveré a querer..................................................... 82
El charro....................................................................... 20       La noche está serena.................................................. 83
Chata cara de bule....................................................... 21       La noche fatal.............................................................. 84
Chatita......................................................................... 22       Oye, mujer................................................................... 85
La chinita..................................................................... 23       Oye, niña hermosa....................................................... 86
La cocinera................................................................... 24   .;    Peña hueca.................................................................. 87
Concha......................................................................... 25       La Pepa........................................................................ 88
La concha divina........................................................... 26       La piedad de mi corazón.............................................. 89
La copa de amargura................................................... 28       La pobre flor................................................................. 90
La corona..................................................................... 30       Por doquiera que extiendo la vista.............................. 91
Un coyote en un corral.................................................. 31       Por todas partes.......................................................... 92
Cuando yo te contemplo............................................... 32       La primavera................................................................ 93
Dame un beso............................................................... 34       Las pulgas de Morelia.................................................. 94
Despierta, blanca paloma.............................................. 35       ¡Qué barbaridad!......................................................... 95
El destino fatal.............................................................. 36       ¿Qué haré lejos de ti?.................................................. 96
El día feliz...................................................................... 38       ¿Qué importa el mundo?.............................................. 98
La duda........................................................................ 40       ¿Qué me importa?....................................................... 99
En el silencio de la media noche................................... 41       Quiero llorar................................................................ 100
La enlutada misteriosa................................................. 42       La risa......................................................................... 101
Este beso al despedirme.............................................. 43       Los rizos...................................................................... 102
Es el amor mariposa..................................................... 44       Si es verdad................................................................ 103
La gorra........................................................................ 46       La sinaloense.............................................................. 104
Habanera, por mi mal................................................... 47       Somos auxiliares......................................................... 106
El himno de los pobres................................................. 48       Los suspiros................................................................ 108
El hombre ingrato......................................................... 50       La tarde...................................................................... 109
Las horas amargas....................................................... 51       Te vi una vez............................................................... 110
Las horas de luto......................................................... 52       La tempestad.............................................................. 112
Huye de los hombres................................................... 54       Una sombra de noche................................................. 113
La ilusión...................................................................... 55       Única esperanza......................................................... 114
El jazmín....................................................................... 56       Ven, niña, conmigo al mar........................................... 116
Laura............................................................................ 58       La violeta..................................................................... 117
Lejos de ella................................................................. 60       ¡Viva libertad!.............................................................. 118
Lola mía........................................................................ 61       Voy de tu lado............................................................. 120
La mágica mujer........................................................... 62       Ya llegó la hora........................................................... 121
Las mañanitas alegres................................................. 63       Yo quiero un besito..................................................... 122
María............................................................................ 64       Yo seré desvalido........................................................ 124
Me enamoró................................................................. 66       Yo te adoré................................................................. 125
Me es imposible............................................................ 67       Yo te amé porque creía............................................... 126
Me gustan los pollos.................................................... 68       Yo te juro, mi bien....................................................... 127
Memorias dolorosas..................................................... 69       La zamacueca............................................................. 128
Mi sombrero de jipijapa................................................ 70       El zapatero................................................................. 129
Mientras tú duermes.................................................... 71      

The García Family

Manuela Garcia

Manuela García

 

 

 

 

Born in Los Angeles in 1869, Manuela García recorded 107 pieces — the largest number from any of Lummis’ informants. An accomplished singer with a tremendous repertoire, she grew up in a household that sometimes included the influential Mexican guitarist Miguel Arévalo. Most of the songs featured in Lummis’ folio, Spanish Songs of Old California, were included in Manuela’s repertoire. Many of these pieces are probably more recent in California, coming with the Mexican immigration of the second half of the nineteenth century, but they have become so associated with californio heritage in the traditions of californio descendants that they have effectively merged into that heritage.
Rosendo Uruchurtu

Rosendo Uruchurtu

 

 

 

 

Manuela was herself a guitarist, but on many pieces she elected to be accompanied by another Lummis informant, Rosendo Uruchurtu. He also occasionally sings along on the pieces.

In addition to her recordings, Manuela was a popular presenter at Lummis’ events.

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