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Pablo de Sarasate

Pablo de Sarasate

 Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy airs) is one of Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate’s (1844–1908) most famous compositions. A musical prodigy, Sarasate debuted as a performer at the age of eight, played violin in front of Queen Isabella II at the age of twelve, and later became a noted composer. Heavily influenced by Hungarian folk music, Zigeunerweisen is commonly used in TV programs and commercials because of its distinctive melody. Although unfortunately not contained in the NDL’s Historical Recordings Collection, there is a recording of this work made by Sarasate himself in 1904, in which his voice can briefly be heard. Japanese writer Uchida Hyakken was inspired by this recording to write the short story Sarasate no ban (Sarasate’s Record).


East Asian Library, Washington University in St. Louis (United States of America) has joined the Rekion partner libraries since September 7th, 2021.
Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Wartime Songs in Japan as 'Merchandise'" and "Ainu Traditional Music Recordings in the Historical Recordings Collection" are now available in English.
Approximately 600 historical recordings are newly available online.
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