De Antequera sale el Moro is a beautiful Spanish Renaissance song, composed by the Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553) and arranged for vihuela by the Spanish vihuelist and composer Miguel de Fuenllana (1500-1579). Here are the two beautiful versions of the song.

De Antequera sale el Moro. Composed by Cristobal de morales/Miguel de Fuenllana. Performed by Shirley Rumsey, vihuele. Spanish Renaissence Music. Picture: Conquest of Antequera

Performed by Shirley Rumsey, vihuela.

Shirley Rumsey (1933-1996) was an English musician who recorded two well-received solo CDs of Renaissance music for Naxos Records in the mid-1990s. She studied lute and voice at the Royal College of Music in London.

There she became interested in solo vocal music accompanied by the lute, and she developed a career performing that repertoire. Rumsey also played the vihuela and the Renaissance guitar. In addition to solo recitals and recordings, she collaborated with lutenist Christopher Wilson, with whom she co-directed the ensemble Kithara.

The Renaissance Vihuela
The Renaissance Vihuela

The vihuela (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈwela]) is a guitar-shaped string instrument from 15th and 16th century Spain, Portugal, and Italy, usually with six doubled strings.

The second version:

De Antequera sale el moro – (Morales/Fuenllana) “Orphénica Lyra”, (S. XVI)


  • Nuria Rial (Soprano)
  • José Miguel Moreno (Vihuela)

De Antequera sale el Moro Lyrics

De Antequera sale el moro,
de Antequera se salía,
cartas llevaba en su mano,
cartas de mensagería.

Encontrado ha con el rey,
que del Alhambra salía:
– ¿Qué nuevas me traes, al moro,
de Antequera esa mi villa?.

– De día le dan combate,
de noche hacen la mina;
si no socorres al rey,
tu villa se perdería.

English translation

The Moor comes out of Antequera,
from Antequera, he left,
letters he carried in his hand,
courier letters.

Found with the king,
that came out of the Alhambra:
“What news do you bring me, the Moor,
from Antequera is my town?”

“During the day they fight,
at night they mine;
if you don’t help the king,
your village would be lost.”

Antequera is a city and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. It is known as “the heart of Andalusia” (el corazón de Andalucía) because of its central location among Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. It is noted for two large Bronze Age dolmens.

De Antequera sale el Moro is a historic song about the Spanish city of Antequera.
De Antequera Sale el Moro is a historic song about the Spanish city of Antequera.


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