On "Santa Águeda" -
Santa Águeda, or Saint Agatha, is both the Basque name of a Roman Catholic saint and a
traditional Basque folk melody. The text of the song is in Basque: "Zorion,
etxe hontako denoi! / Oles egitera gatoz, /aterik ate ohitura zaharra /
aurten berritzeko asmoz" and sings "Wishing happiness to all who live in
this house / we come to greet you / renewing the old custom / of going from
door to door." The observance of this saint's day is the occasion for parades around towns
in the Basque region on Saint Agatha's Eve. Homeowners hear a song about her life,
accompanied by the beats of walking sticks and perhaps a prayer for the
departed in that house.
These gentle variations sing sweet colors of blessing, after the Basque theme
with its changing meters obedient to the text.
pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Santa Águeda"