16 Asturian Bagpipe Books you Need to Know


Today I want to show you 16 Asturian Bagpipe Books which you need to know.

Since 40 years our asturian folklore has been recovered many information because Cultural Organization and people who belongs to folklore like professionals have been worked in their publications.

To clarify, on this post you couldn’t find all publications which have been edited around last years but this list is my own list to know how is the Asturian Bagpipe today.


My 16 Asturian Bagpipe Books

On this post I go to explain the books in the orden which I have thinked more easy to know the different kind of themes around Asturian Bagpipe. I have been working with almost this books since 20 years ago. I have kept the Spanish titles if you want to search this books with the real name. Let’s go to discover them:

01- Cancionero Musical de la Lírica Popular


Author: Eduardo Martínez Torner
Year Published: 1920

This is the header book to asturian folklore because it’s the first big musicological work made inside Astiurias by Eduardo Martinez Torner, who belongs to first folklorists who I explain on Folklore Origins. This lyric music book have 500 written themes collected around Asturias at first years of XX Century.

The songs which belongs to this book have been used by many asturian music groups, from traditionals groups to heavy metal groups. For example, the lullaby song number 372 named “Agora non” has a music cover by Avalanch, an asturian power metal group. You can hear it on this video:

02- La Gaita Asturiana - Método para su aprendizaje


Authors: Various + Gov. Principality of Asturias
Year Published: 1991

Some generations and me have grown with this book which we named “Dayures” because the Asturian Govern named in this way a didactical books collection.

This book isn’t the first Asturian Bagpipe learning method published but in this book we can find various new thinking ways: have a work group, governmental regional support and a methodological way to learn the bagpipe technique.

No fue el primer método de aprendizaje de gaita que se publicó pero se dan en él un par de novedades hasta la fecha interesantes: un grupo de trabajo amplio, apoyo del gobierno de la región y un planteamiento metodológico en el aprendizaje del instrumento.

Este tipo de publicaciones supusieron un gran salto en la formación de la Gaita Asturiana.

03- El Libro de la Gaita


Author: Manolo Quirós
Year Published: 1993

Manolo Quiros was one of first bagpipe teachers who help to bring the traditional learning from old techniques to the new learning methods in the 1990s.

Manolo Quiros had been worked long years to know and searching information about the Asturian Bagpipe. Thank to his research he could publish this book where you can read many articles about bagpipe world and old bagpipe plans with measurements recover by himself.

Note: I was 5 years searching this book in all kind of bookstores 🙂

04- El Cancioneru l'Andecha - La Jota n'Asturies


Author: Andecha Folclor d’Uviéu
Year Published: 2003

Andecha Folclor d’Uviéu is a traditional music research group born in Oviedo, Asturias. They are working since more than 30 years. Different kind of folklore spectialists work in this group therefore they can create big good books with many details.

This book explain “la Jota” a dance typical in Asturias with different kinds of ways to dance and play it. On this book you can find many music themes to play “la Jota” with your bagpipe.

05- La Misa de Gaita


Autor: Angel Medina
Año Publicación: 2012

The Asturian Bagpipe Mass one of the most ancient musical expressions which we have in Asturias. It becomes from ancient latin masses celebrated in I A.D. Century and this kind of mass had joined with the traditional lyric songs from the village.

This kind of Mass has been reconoced like Cultural Interest and in this book, the university professor Angel Medina has developed his work about this kind of uses with the Asturian Bagpipe, moreover, has written about Valdes Salas Foundation work in this area.

On 28th April 2019 this group can play the Asturian Bagpipe Mass in the Basilica of St. Marie Major in Rome.

06- Método Interactivo de Gaita


Author: Xuacu Amieva
Year Published: 2002

2002 year was the first year when I started to have Internet on my home and, in the same year, appears one of the first Interactive Methods for Asturian Bagpipe.

In this case, Xuacu Amieva had been worked long years teaching bagpipe and develop this learning method with multimedia archives. This first interactive methods work join the didactical pages writes on the book.

This first in the way to create a real interactive is part of my own work. I have been working several times in this kind of works like the Online Traditional Music School Sobia.

07- Acompañamiento a la Tonada con Gaita Asturiana


Author: Iñaki Sánchez Santianes
Year Published: 2010

In the traditional way you could learnt to make the musical accompaniment with an asturian singer in the bars, playing by ear with your Asturian Bagpipe while both drink “sidra” (asturian cider). After Peter Minden big work about Tonada (Asturian Sing) we can find on this book, written by Iñaki Sanchez Santianes, a different way to learn to play with asturian singers

On this book are written 32 music themes from Asturian Sing to play joining the Asturian Bagpipe. If you read this music you can analyze this kind of music accompaniment in an easier way.

08- Iniciación a la Gaita Asturiana


Authors: Balbino Menéndez & Ricardo Soberado
Year Published: 2011

All kind of musical instruments need teachers who work with students with less of 10 years. This kind of learning allow learn some techniques in this years when people develop their most total skills

This book born with the objective to bring didactic tools to Asturian Bagpipe teachers who works with children on their lessons.

Balbino y Ricardo are working with children in the Traditional Music School of Oviedo since several years and they have used this experience to develop this content.

09- En Ca'l Gaiteru


Author: Pedro Pangua & Diego Pangua
Year Published: 2015

Bagpipe come to us from the time’s origin, so it’s very important know the Asturian Bagpipe origins to understand where we are with our bagpipe in this moments.

This work line is followed for Pedro and Diego Pangua in this book. Their main objective is give music tools to the bagpipers to continue make grow up their music repertories, in the musical way using our ears.

There are a music disc which come with this book. You can hear bagpipes with different tuned chanters which belongs to our tradition but, usually, we don’t used to ear it.

10- Rayo de Luna - Cuento para Gaita y Piano


Author: Iñaki Sánchez Santianes
Year Published: 2014

This book belongs to the kind of books published for the Conservatory Music of Oviedo. In this case, it’s a music theme to grow up this kind of repertory.

Iñaki Sánchez Santianes, Asturian Bagpipe teacher on Conservatory Music of Oviedo during several years, created this Bagpipe and Piano theme. Like romantic authors use a idilic motive to create this music theme. He uses the tale wrote by Gustavo Adolfo Becker named “Rayos de Luna” (Moon lights) to compose the melody.

A story who main character search a woman in each place inside the forest but, after all, this woman had been the Moon Light effects on the water and the air.

11- La Gaita Asturiana y su didáctica


Author: Gorka Bravo Barreiro
Year Published: 2015

On this post we have read how, during years, the Asturian Bagpipe learning method was growing up. Appears the didactic and the methodological learning ways.

On this book, Gorka, has written about didactic tools and methods which we need to use in our classes.

Know what we should teach and how we need to focus to develop our own materials it’s the main objective of this book.

12- Cancioneru de la Gaita Asturiana


Authors: Eugenio Otero, Fonsu Fernández & Gausón Fernande
Year Published: 2011

This book was published on 2011, wrote by Eugenio, Fonsu and Gauson like a book which contain, almost, all the history and music repertory for Asturian Bagpipe.

The first volume is focus in the Asturian Bagpipe History and Uses. What we know and how we have captured this kind of information during years.

The second volume contains a big quantity of music repertory for the Asturian Bagpipe. This themes are ordered by uses.

13- Ornamentación na Gaita Asturiana


Author: Balbino Menéndez
Year Published: 2010

Inside the musical technique we can find different kind of  ornaments to make musical theme more beauty. The ornaments had appeared in Baroque Era when first written music technique methods explained how we should to play this ornaments.

This first monographic work about Asturian Bagpipe Ornaments appears like an important evolution in this instrument and the needs to create new materials, more specific every time.

Balbino hear different traditional bagpipers and contemporary bagpipes teachers to know how they do this kind of ornaments with the Asturian Bagpipe.

14- Alborada II - Métodu de Gaita Asturiana


Author: Flavio Benito
Year Published: 2014

Reading this post we can see the methodological evolution in the Asturian Bagpipe learning and, also, we write about our traditional music repertory and the Conservatory Music repertory. Flavio wrote this book focus on this ways: learning in Conservatorio Music and music repertory.

This Asturian Bagpipe method have 4 courses where we can find different kinds of tools to work on this kind of regulated teachings.

15- La Formación del Repertorio de la Gaita Asturiana


(Falta portada por COVID)

Author: Juan Alfonso Fernández García
Year Published: 2016

Fonsu Fernández is the International Bagpipe Museum director located in Gijon, Asturias. He have been worked several years with European bagpipes and, in this case, with the Asturian Bagpipe.

This book is a part of his own doctoral thesis where write about the creation of the Asturian Bagpipe music repertory. And also, he explain how the different uses which we can find with our bagpipe.

Know why we play some kind of music themes in a determined moment can help us to continue grow up with our instrument.

16- El Cancioneiro d'Alonso


(Falta portada por COVID)

Authors: Orlando Escobar & Martín de Villar
Year Published: 2009

Family Alonso is a music family from the parish “El Franco” in the municipality of “El Franco”, Asturias. This family has been playing the music in village dances since last years of XIX Century

This book have and incredible cultural value because you can read music sheets written in 1867s, many of them signed by Francisco Alonso.

His great value is in bring to us the first traditional music song written in Asturias, bring forward to Torner in time.

Like you see, this list can take to us a great idea of how we have been working last years around the Asturian Bagpipe and which should be our different ways to continue researching.

Day a day I’m going to develop, in detail, each book and know more about the Asturian Bagpipe.

See you soon!

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