Ramón Romero | Arpa Campesina (My Sweet Little Country Harp)

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Arpa Campesina (My Sweet Little Country Harp)

by Ramón Romero

Paraguayan Harp virtuoso from Paraguay, Ramón Romero performs the music 'of the people' of South America and Latin America. This is exciting music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arpa Campesina (My Sweet Little Country Harp), Ramón Romero-Par
3:55 album only
2. Suceso (Success), Pedro Gamarra-Paraguay
3:04 album only
3. Estilo De Felix Perez Cardozo, Pedro Gamarra-Paraguay
4:25 album only
4. Pilarcita (Little Pilar), Lorenzo Leguizamón-Paraguay
3:04 album only
5. Ausencia (Absence from Home), Ramón Romero-Paraguay
4:22 album only
6. Gotas De Lluvia (Rain Drops), Sergio Cuevas-Paraguay
4:19 album only
7. Mboracjhú Asy (Pain of Love), Juan Escobar-Paraguay
4:48 album only
8. Recordando Mi Pueblito (Memories of My Little Village), Ramón Romero
5:46 album only
9. Playa De Asunción (Asunción Beach), Lorenzo Leguizamón-Paragu
4:30 album only
10. Muñeca (Little Doll), Pedro Gamarra-Paraguay
2:41 album only
11. Añoro Tus Oyuelos (I Miss Your Dimples), Felix Perez Cardozo-Pa
3:19 album only
12. Recedá, Pedro Gamarra-Paraguay
4:47 album only
13. Nido De Amor (Little Love Nest), Felix Perez Cardozo-Paraguay
3:04 album only


Album Notes
Bio - Ramón Romero
Harp virtuoso from Paraguay, Ramón Romero devoted his life to the music from the people of South America and Latin America. From fiery rhythms to yearning, lyrical passages, Romero's music carried the legacy of the Paraguayan Harp masters, his teachers.

Romero's repertoire of more than 700 numbers varied in styles from South American folkloric to modern Latin American rhythms. Ramón performed with harp and voice for audiences throughout Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. One formal 10-minute performance for the Queen of Spain lasted 45 minutes, and resulted in another encore command performance after the intermission.

Critics said "Mr. Romero's performance was 'electrifying.' His technique was astounding and he obviously has an incredible depth of field" (Le Monde, Paris, France); "His beautiful playing evokes a wide range of emotions. At times he resembles a lush symphony. The harp seems to dance within his hands" (Maui Beat). "You will never think of the harp the same again." (John Griswold, State Theater, Modesto)

The harp is a haunting instrument and Ramón's specialty was variations on a theme. He played all the rhythms of South America - guaranias, canciónes, polkas and songs from Venezuela, Argentina, Perú, and all the rest. The right hand played a melody usually in 6/8 count and the left hand played the counter rhythm ¾ time. The folk melodies are all based on a European tonal system with the accents in a different place. The effect is emotional and takes you from a beautiful melancholy mood and brings you into passion

Ramón was born is a small village in Paraguay. His first language was Guarani (an Indian language of South America) and Spanish became his second. He went on to speak fluent French, a little Italian and some Portuguese.

He began learning to play the harp around the age of nine although he had been fascinated by the sound from an early age. His family was poor and he didn't have the money to buy a harp, so he would always borrow a harp from someone in town. One night, when Ramón was 14 years old, there was a big party in town, which was to feature a harpist and a couple of guitarists. The harpist got too drunk to play, so his friend came and got Ramón.

"This is my friend Ramón," he told the crowd. "He's going to play the harp for you." The crowd laughed, "No, no, not Romerito! He doesn't know how to play'"

But when Ramón began to play the crowd went wild. He played so hard that night that he had blood under his fingernails. When he returned to his house with his pockets stuffed with money from people in his audience, he had to explain where he got it. "My mother thought I had been a bad boy." Said Ramón.

Ramon finally got his own harp when a family member who worked at the Government Palace brought home a window frame that had been thrown away, Ramón carved it into a harp shape about 18"-20" tall with 23 strings. After everyone went to bed at night, Ramón would take it under the bed covers and play it in the dark.

Ramon's father played guitar and was very possessive of his instrument. Each day, before he left for work, he would loosen the strings to untune the guitar. When he returned each night, the guitar would be tuned. He was very confused because no one would admit to touching it. One day he left all the strings tuned except one and when he began to play, Ramón piped up and said "NO! NO! That string is wrong!" He was three years old with near perfect pitch.

His family loved music and Ramón was strongly influenced by the music of the famous composer and harpist, Felix Perez Cardozo heard on his mother's radio. One day in school, Ramón saw a movie with Cardozo playing. He began jumping up and down, shouting "There's my harp! There's my harp!"

Cardozo's indirect influence continued when, at 19, Ramón moved to Buenos Aires to play with an ensemble. The ensemble turned out to be the musicians who had played with the late Mr.Cardozo. "I was speechless when I realized who they were," said Ramón. The musicians coached him and toned down his aggressive playing and brought out the emotions and delicacy that Cardozo had made famous. Ramón then began developing his own particular style and interpretations.

Ramón said, "folk music is evolutionary music that is always changing. But the feelings and expressions involved in the music never change. And I'm sad because I don't know who will carry on and save it for the future."

Ramón Romero passed away in 2018, playing his harp until the end of his life. His music will live on.



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Uplifting harp music from Paraguay
Ramon Romero has recorded these songs in a traditional style accompanied by guitar and successfully captures the spirit of Paraguayan folklore. Combining pieces from great Paraguayan composers like Felix Perez Cardozo with his own compositions, Ramon conjures up beautiful images with his harp: sunshine dancing on waterfalls, trees swaying in the breeze, fragrant tropical flowers, melodies of joy and at times of sadness.

Kathleen Barretto

Ramon Romera play beautiful lively music.
I was very pleased with this CD, Arpa Campesina and Strings of Fire. Ramon Romera's music is very lively and uplifting and has so much feeling. I enjoyed the 2 CD's very much. I have a friend who plays Paraguayan and European music on his harp and I have come to enjoy this type of music. My house is full of lively music. I love it.


I pu pora eterei la nde arpa,soy paraguaya residente en NY
Iborn in Paraguay,i always love my country music especialy the harp,Ilove the sound is soothing and perfect for relaxation I was soo exited when I found this wonderful music,thank you and keep up the good work