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Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico: With Selected Songs Collected, Transcribed, and Arranged for Voice with Piano or Guitar Accompaniment

Revised Edition

John Donald Robb

First published in 1954 when Robb was Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, Hispanic Folk Songs of New Mexico has been revised to feature arrangements for voice and piano with the addition of chord symbols for guitar. Contributors to the revision are James Bratcher, Marilyn Fletcher, UNM Professor Emeritus, Tomás Ruiz-Fábrega, Ph.D., and Robert Tillotson, Ph.D.

Robb's discussion falls into three major divisions: a general examination of the Hispanic folk song in New Mexico (types, origins, and literary and musical characteristics), of specific folk songs, and, finally, the songs presented in both Spanish and English.

Aimed at general folk music enthusiasts and educators for use in the classroom, yet avoiding being overly technical, Robb conveys basic principles and imparts his contagious enthusiasm for the flavor of New Mexico's folk songs.


John Donald Robb (1892-1989), professor and dean emeritus of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico (1942-1957), was responsible for the growth of fine arts at the University of New Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s. A composer of stage, classical, and electronic music, Robb was also the author of Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest.


"The volume of music (Robb) left for musicians, scholars and music aficionados to enjoy and assimilate is staggering. We are indeed indebted to him for the enormous contribution he made to the world of sound and music."


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9 x 11.5 in. 100 pages 17 illustrations