John W. Warren | Serenata de la Sirena

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Serenata de la Sirena

by John W. Warren

Original and Latin American classical guitar
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Serenata de la Sirena
2:07 $0.99
2. Drume Negrita
5:15 $0.99
3. Nisene (Dream in a Forest)
4:34 $0.99
4. La Noche Triste
3:38 $0.99
5. La Catira
1:44 $0.99
6. Mapa de Tu Corazón
3:35 $0.99
7. Saudade
4:26 $0.99
8. Berceuse a Jussara
2:58 $0.99
9. Midnight Prelude
2:33 $0.99
10. Scarborough Fair
3:46 $0.99
11. The Frog Prince
4:09 $0.99
12. Barcarola / Anhelo
5:42 $0.99
13. Afro Sambas (Consolação / Berimbau / Canto de Ossanha)
4:41 $0.99
14. Nana da Lua
5:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Serenata de la Sirena" includes original compositions as well as the music of Brazil, Cuba, and the British Isles.

All compositions by John W. Warren, except as noted

Serenata de la Sirena (The Mermaid’s Serenade): It’s not only the mermaid who lures the sailor with her siren song; a lonely sailor’s plaintive melody may entice the lovely mermaid to live with him on land.

Drume Negrita • Eliseo Grenet (arr. Leo Brouwer/Interlude: John W. Warren): I’ve played Brouwer’s arrangement of this classic Cuban lullaby since I was 16 or so. This version includes an interlude that originated from an improvisation.

Nisene (Dream in a Forest): Within the Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos, California, an enchanting glen delights the wanderer with its ancient redwoods, which grew contorted and twisted after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Another magical grove was created by the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, the epicenter of which lies within the park.

La Noche Triste (Night of Sorrows): La Noche Triste is so-called for the tragic night when Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistadors, and allied native tribes fought their way out of Tenochtitlan following the death of Aztec king Moctezuma II, to dreadful loss of life on both sides. Should I write a novel of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, this piece evoking Spain’s Golden Age and Colonial Mexico will be the theme song.

La Catira • Antonio Lauro: The great Venezuelan composer and guitarist Antonio Lauro is celebrated for his many beautiful waltzes. This charming melody, reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach, has always been one of my mother’s favorites, and this recording is dedicated to her.

Mapa de tu Corazón (Map of Your Heart): The cartographer charts the Terra Incognita of your heart, a map of love and desire, a sea of passion.

Saudade: Saudade, a somewhat untranslatable Portuguese word, denotes a kind of nostalgia or longing, “the love that remains.” The delightful villages, amiable inhabitants, and breathtaking coastline between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro inspired this song, here played on a Córdoba Mini guitar.

Berceuse à Jussara • Baden Powell: This delicate lullaby was composed by the late Brazilian composer/guitarist for his niece.

Midnight Prelude: This prelude is one of a handful of pieces that I wrote for my Spanish-language play, Hermanos, set in 1860s Santa Barbara.

Scarborough Fair • Traditional (arranged by Howard Heitmeyer): Howard Heitmeyer is a California-based classical guitarist and arranger who was an in-demand, pre-Wrecking Crew, Los Angeles session guitarist in the 1950s/60s. I’ve enjoyed playing his arrangement of this traditional English folksong for many years.

The Frog Prince: Folk tales are often both light and dark, such as the Grimm account of the princess who meets the Frog Prince after she drops a gold ball into a pond. Although in popular versions the frog transmogrifies into a handsome prince after her kiss, in Grimm’s tale the frog’s spell is broken after the princess throws it in disgust against a wall.

Barcarola • Anhelo (Longing): Recently I conjoined these two compositions. A barcarola is both a medieval Galician-Portuguese poem narrating love and loss along the northwest Iberian coast, and describes such folk songs as those sung by the gondoliers of Venice. “Anhelo” is another piece written for my play, Hermanos.

Afro Sambas (Consolação • Berimbau • Canto de Ossanha) • Baden Powell: Roberto Baden Powell de Aquino composed several Brazilian classics, many with lyrics by poet Vinicius de Moraes. This medley of three of his “Afro Sambas” evokes Brazil’s multiracial nature.

Nana da Lua (The Moon’s Lullaby): Discerning listeners will note several lullabies on this recording. A wise friend once told me that it’s a blessing to play music that puts people to sleep. As long as they don’t fall on the floor, I suppose. Agustín Barrios Mangoré’s “El Sueño de la Muñequita” inspired this lullaby’s use of harmonics as melodic device.



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