Narciso Yepes plays Romance Anonimo

Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes plays “Romance Anonimo”, a lovely piece for classical guitar, also known as “Estudio en Mi de Rubira” (Study in E by Rubira), “Spanish Romance”, “Romance de España”, “Romance of the Guitar”, “Romanza” and “Romance d’Amour” among other names.

The origins and the authorship of the piece are currently in question. It is suspected of originally being a solo instrumental guitar work, from the 19th century. It has variously been attributed to Antonio Rubira, David del Castillo, Francisco Tárrega, Fernando Sor, Daniel Fortea, Miguel Llobet, Antonio Cano, Vicente Gómez and Narciso Yepes. The Anónimo (anonymous) part of its name has been incorporated over the years due to this uncertainty.

The style of the piece is that of the Parlour music (a type of popular music which, as the name suggests, is intended to be performed in the parlours of middle-class homes by amateur singers and pianists) of the late 19th century in Spain or South America, having a closed three-part form: the first in the minor key and the second being in the major key, with the third being a restatement of the first.

Romance Anonimo Tabs


The first part - E minor (repeat twice):

e|-7--7--7--7--5--3--3--2--0--0--3--7--12--12--12--12----|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---0---0---0---0---|
G|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---0---0---0---0--|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0--------0--------0--------0--------0-----------0-----|

e|-10--8---8--7--5--5--7--8--7--8--7--11--8--7----|
B|---0--0---5--5--5--5--5--5--7--7--7---7--7--7---|
G|----0--0---5--5--5--5--5--5--8--8--8---8--8--8--|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|---------0--------------------------------------|
E|-0----------------0--------7--------7-----------|

e|-7--5--3--3--2--0---2--2--2--2--3--2---0--0--0---0-|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0---0--0--0--0--0--0---0--0--0----|
G|---0--0--0--0--0--0---2--2--2--2--2--2---0--0--0---|
D|-----------------------------1---------2-----------|
A|--------------------2---------------------2--------|
E|-0--------0----------------------------------3---0-|

The second part - E major (repeat twice):

e|-4--4--4--4--2--0----------------------9--9--9—-9--11—-9---|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0--5--4--4--4--3--4----7--7--7--7---7--7--|
G|---1--1--1--1--1--1--2--2--2--2--2--2----8--8--8--8---8—-8-|
D|----------------------4--4--4--4--4--4---------------------|
A|--------------------0--------0-----------------------------|
E|-0--------0----------------------------7--------7----------|

e|-9--7--7--7--9--11---12--12--12--12--11--10-------|
B|--9--9--9--9--9---9----9---9---9---9---9---9------|
G|---9--9--9--9--9---9----9---9---9---9---9---9-----|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|-0--------0----------0-----------0----------------|

e|-9--9--9--9--7--5---4--4--4--5--2---0--0--0---0--|
B|--5--5--5--5--5--5---4--4--4--4--4---0--0--0-----|
G|---6--6--6--6--6--6---2--2--2--2--2---1--1--1----|
D|------------------------------------2------------|
A|-0--------0---------2------------------2---------|
E|------------------------------------------4---0--|

Finish with the 1st part - E minor (only once):

e|-7--7--7--7--5--3--3--2--0--0--3--7--12--12--12--12----|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---0---0---0---0---|
G|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---0---0---0---0--|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0--------0--------0--------0--------0-----------0-----|

e|-10--8---8--7--5--5--7--8--7--8--7--11--8--7----|
B|---0--0---5--5--5--5--5--5--7--7--7---7--7--7---|
G|----0--0---5--5--5--5--5--5--8--8--8---8--8--8--|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|---------0--------------------------------------|
E|-0----------------0--------7--------7-----------|

e|-7--5--3--3--2--0---2--2--2--2--3--2---0--0--0---0-|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0---0--0--0--0--0--0---0--0--0----|
G|---0--0--0--0--0--0---2--2--2--2--2--2---0--0--0---|
D|-----------------------------1---------2-----------|
A|--------------------2---------------------2--------|
E|-0--------0----------------------------------3---0-|

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