LÓPEZ DE MENDOZA 10 Serranillas. Quien de vos merçet espera. Las tres hijas • Eduardo Paniagua, dir; Música Antigua • PNEUMA 1410 (60:19 Text and Translation)
Music of ENCINA, ANON
Iñigo López de Mendoza (1388–1458) was the Marquis de Santillana, a title conferred by King John II of Castile. He was a leading poet of his time, andRead more his texts are adapted to music in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, familiar on other recordings. Hence it is hardly correct to list him as a composer, but Eduardo Paniagua has arranged the program effectively. He has devoted a long career to presenting Spanish music of earlier eras, and for the last two decades has issued recordings on his own label. Cesar Carazo sings with fine style, assisted occasionally by Diana Real. Felipe Sanchez Mascuñano joins the ensemble with his vihuela de peñola, the instrument that was originally plucked before the bow was introduced in the 16th century. Three other players, including Paniagua, fill out the ensemble.
The serranilla is a little mountain song, portraying the knight or other traveler passing through the mountains and hoping to encounter a country girl, as heard so often in songs of the period. This was the era when Castile was not yet a part of Spain, before the Golden Age of Iberian art and culture. To place López in his age, it may be noted that one of the earliest familiar composers at the court of Castile, Juan de Anchieta, was not born until four years after López died. Composer or not, López is worth knowing to illuminate the times that led up to the Golden Age. Paniagua brings this music to life, as he usually does in everything he takes on. I look forward to more Pneuma issues.