Malagueña Salerosa

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Not to be confused with Malagueña (song), the sixth movement of the Suite Andalucia by Ernesto Lecuona.

Malagueña Salerosa — also known as La Malagueña — is a well-known Son Huasteco or Huapango song from Mexico, which has been covered more than 200 times[1] by recording artists.

The song is that of a man telling a woman (from Málaga, Spain) how beautiful she is, and how he would love to be her man, but that he understands her rejecting him for being too poor.

Malagueña Salerosa is attributed to Elpidio Ramírez[2] and Pedro Galindo,[3] published by Peer International in 1947[4] (monitored by BMI), although Mexican composer Nicandro Castillo[5] questions the validity of that authorship. As he mentions:

"The issue is controversial because […] [hidalguense composer] don Nicandro Castillo wrote that several tunes from la Huasteca which in decades past were known as huapangos, composed by Elpidio Ramírez, Roque Ramírez and Pedro Galindo, were actually anonymous songs, as was the case of Cielito Lindo and La Malagueña, which like La Guasanga or El Sacamandú, were in the public domain, written “long before the construction of the Cathedral of Huejutla”."[6]

Many have recorded and played this song, in particular Conjunto huastecos, Mariachis and Bolero Trios. But the most famous version was made by Miguel Aceves Mejía with a mariachi band. With Huapangos or Son Huastecos, the falsetto technique is used to great effect, as in David Záizar's version. Quite a few versions of the song feature vocal gymnastics by whomever sings them, particularly the stretching of vowels such as the "e" sound in the gentilic 'Malagueña' for as long as the singer can hold the note. Other known mariachi versions of the song were recorded by

Conjunto huastecos that have played this song include,

Bolero trio versions were recorded by

This song became known internationally and has been recorded by such Mexican and non-Mexican artists as:

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "All versions of Some musics". Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  2. ^ See Elpidio Ramírez at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ See the "Soundtrack" section of Pedro Galindo at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Elpidio Ramírez - La Malaguena Sheet Music". 
  5. ^ Nicandro Castillo (1914 – 1990): "El Hidalguense", "Las Tres Huastecas", "El Cantador", "La Calandria", "Sueño", "El Alegre", "El Huasteco Enamorado", "Fiesta Huasteca", "El Gavilán Tamaulipeco", and "Mi huejutla"
  6. ^ Trejo, Ángel. "El huapango resucitó y vive una de sus mejores etapas: Enrique Rivas Paniagua" (in Spanish). México D.F.: Conaculta. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2009-09-28. El tema es controvertido porque en dichas páginas [compositor hidalguense] don Nicandro [Castillo] escribió que varios sones huastecos que en las décadas pasadas fueron conocidos como huapangos compuestos por Elpidio Ramírez, Roque Ramírez y Pedro Galindo fueron en realidad sones anónimos -como fue el caso de Cielito Lindo y La Malagueña, que al igual que La Guasanga o El Sacamandú, eran del dominio público- escritos mucho antes « que se construyera la Catedral de Huejutla ». 
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