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Luis de Narváez (fl. 1526–1549)

Read up on Luis de Narvaez at his Wkipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_de_Narv%C3%A1ez

This deservedly well-known work the first known written example of the musical form “variations on a theme.” It’s always been one of my favorite pieces! The theme upon which the variations are based is a folksong called Guardame las Vacas,  which translates as “guard the cows” {or, according to Google, “safe keep the cows for me.”)

Here’s a score of the piece that you can download. I have left out the fingerings—there are plenty of fingered versions out there. Here’s an opportunity to work out your own way to play this wonderful piece!
guardame las vacas – Full Score

Download the score above, or follow along here: