Junior Rangers Music Along The Trail: European Origins

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Track 1: La Marcha Real

Track 1 is “La Marcha Real” - the National Anthem of Spain. Performed by Calicanto, it is from the Anza Trail Guide CD ("San Francisco" track).

Track 2: Alabado (chant)

Track 2. “El Alabado” is mentioned by Father Font in his diary as one of the songs that was sung by the expedition colonists. This track is a chant version made by John Warren of the New World Baroque Orchestra. See track 6 for a choral version.From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Santa Cruz (Ariz.)” track).

Track 3: Salve de la Virgen

Track 3. One of the colonists, María Ignacia Manuela Piñuelas Féliz, died in childbirth on the night of the departure from the Tubac Presidio. In remembrance, the expedition members sang a song that Father Font called “Salve de la Virgen de Los Dolores”, but it is uncertain which song this was. It may have been a version of this Track 3 melody, which Lance Beeson plays here on guitar. Or, it may have been “Salve Regina” (see Track 4). It is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Pima” track).

Track 4: Salve Regina

Track 4. John Warren sings a version of “Salve Regina” that comes from the Mission Music Book at Mission San Juan Bautista. Also, see notes for Track 3. It is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Pima” track).

Track 5: Minuet de Quattro

Track 5 is “El Minuet de Quattro (Cuatro)”;, performed by Lance Beeson. It is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Imperial” track).

Track 6: Alabado (choral)

Track 6. “El Alabado”. The choral version here is by Calicanto. Lance Beeson performs the guitar solo. See Track 2, above, for a chant version. From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Santa Cruz” track).

Track 7: La Merlequina

Track 7. Music for Fandango - Violinist Ron Kiel of the New World Baroque Orchestra performs “La Merlequina”. While we don't know exactly which songs were played during the expedition's fandangos, this popular tune would have been familiar to the group's members. From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Pinal” track).

Track 8: El Cántico Del Alba

Track 8. “El Cántico Del Alba” was the "Morning Hymn of the Missions." It is performed here by Anza Expedition descendant Lance Beeson on the Psalterio (Psaltery), the type of instrument carried on the expedition and played by Father Font. From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Los Angeles” track).

Track 9: Chacona

Track 9 is "Chacona", “To the Good Life”, by Juan Arañés, performed on guitar by Lance Beeson. This is another popular tune of the time that would have been familiar to the expedition members. From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Imperial” track).

Track 10: La Xameico

Track 10 is “La Xameico” performed on violin by Ron Kiel. It is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“San Diego & Riverside” track).

Track 11: Pedida de la Posada

Track 11. “Pedida de la Posada” performed by Calicanto. From the Anza Trail Guide CD (“San Diego & Riverside” track).

Track 12: Alabado (psaltery)

Track 12 contains another version of “El Alabado”. It is performed by Anza Expedition descendant Lance Beeson on the Psalterio (Psaltery), the type of instrument carried on the expedition and played by Father Font.

Track 13: Te Deum

Track 13. This is taken from the “Te Deum” chant (a song of thanksgiving and praise to God). It is sung by John Warren of the New World Baroque Orchestra. This version is from the Mission Santa Clara ArchivesIt is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“San Luis Obispo & Monterey” tracks).

Track 14: Garate's Song

Track 14. A modern-day song about the 1775-76 expedition written and performed by Don Garate, Anza historian and Chief of Interpretation at Tumacácori National Historic Park. It is from the Anza Trail Guide CD (“Track 17, Finale”).