Sheet music cover (1855)
|Composer(s)||T. G. May|
"Juanita" ("Nita Juanita") is a love song variously subtitled "A Spanish Ballad", "A Song of Spain", and others. "Juanita" was first published in 1855, attributed to Mrs. Norton (i.e. noted society figure and social reformer Caroline Norton), with music arranged by T. G. May.
The opening four-bar phrase of the song is taken from Handel's aria Lascia ch'io pianga from the opera Rinaldo, although the subsequent melody differs from that of the aria. The name of the song is derived from the refrains:
"Juanita" appears in numerous songbooks and has been recorded many times.
- Norton, "Juanita"
- Metropolitan Quartette (1909). "Juanita" mp3. Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. University of California, Santa Barbara
- Morgan and Stanley (1905). "Juanita" mp3. Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. University of California, Santa Barbara
- Norton, Mrs. "Juanita" (sheet music). Boston: Oliver Ditson (1885).
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