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Cancionero de la Sablonara

Composer: Sablonara, Claudio de la

Instruments: Voice

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The Cancionero de la Sablonara (preserved at the Bavarian State Library in Munich) is a Spanish manuscript (Cod.hisp. 2, formerly also known as E) containing polyphonic canciones from Spain and Portugal, composed in the first quarter of the 17th century.
The manuscript was compiled by the principal scribe of the Capilla Real of Madrid, Claudio de la Sablonara (hence the name of the manuscript) for Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine and Duke of Neuburg, during his stay in the court of Philip IV in Madrid between 1624 and 1625.
It is one of the few remnant music collections of Spanish court music from the early 17th century. Contributed to its preservation the fact that the manuscript was being kept in Munich when in 1734 a fire destroyed the Royal Alcazar of Madrid, its original place.
The manuscript contains 75 songs or tonos, as they were called at that time. All works are polyphonic: 32 for four voices, 31 for three voices and 12 for two voices. The works come from the Royal Chapel of Madrid and were composed by some of the most famous Spanish composers of that time: Juan Blas de Castro, Joan Pau Pujol, Mateo Romero, Álvaro de los Ríos, Gabriel Díaz Bessón, Miguel de Arizo etc. The texts of these songs were drawn from the works of great writers of the Spanish Golden Age, such as Lope de Vega.