Balenciaga and Spain: Behind the Music

Visitors to Balenciaga and Spain (on view at the de Young through July 4) will immediately notice something different about this installation: music! Melodic notes of Spanish guitar waft through the galleries and draw the viewer further into the exhibition, culminating in the section of the show devoted entirely to the influence of dance. The drama of Spanish dance traditions inspired Balenciaga and can be seen throughout his designs; we hope that the music included in the exhibition does the same for you!

The section detailing the influence of dance in Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young.

Here is your playlist of music from Balenciaga and Spain (Mixed by DJ Alec DeRuggiero of Audio Archeology):

  • Spanish Dance No. 5 by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
  • Madroños by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • The Corregidor's Dance by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Fandango from Tres Piezas Españolas for Guitar by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Canarios by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Tango by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Asturias by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Recuerdos de Viaje for solo Guitar: VI by Alirio Diaz on "Isaac Albéniz: 150 Year Celebration Collection"
     
  • Rumores de la Caleta by Alirio Diaz on "Five Centuries of Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Ay triste, que vengo by Accentus & Thomas Wimmer on "Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Music of the Spanish Court"
     
  • Todo quanto yo servi by Accentus & Thomas Wimmer on "Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Music of the Spanish Court"
     
  • Tres morillas m'enamoran by Accentus & Thomas Wimmer on "Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Music of the Spanish Court"
     
  • O voy by Accentus & Thomas Wimmer on "Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Music of the Spanish Court"
     
  • La Maja de Goya by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Nocturno by John Williams on "Spanish Guitar Music"
     
  • Sevillana by Andrés Segovia on "Andrés Segovia - the Art of Segovia"

Additional titles are available for sale at the Museum Store:

  • Tarantelas by Paul O'Dette on "Jácaras! - 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia"
     
  • Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Music of the Spanish Court (1505-1520)

So break out those castanets, don your best ruffled skirt and twirl your heart out to the music of Balenciaga and Spain!

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I can just imagine that music playing whilst looking at those wonderfull dresses, they are stunning indeed.