Unfortunate Maid / Anonymous Romance
2014/05/31 Pocket Miku
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"I see by your outfit that you are a 'meido'..."
The Unfortunate Rake (also "Unfortunate Maid," "Unfortunate Lad," "Soldier's Lament," etc.) is an old English folk song, originally about a young man dying of syphilis, and probably the ancestor of both "Streets of Laredo" and "St. James's Infirmary." Who is dying, and what they are dying of, varies a lot; the common thread between all versions is somebody dying young and an elaborate funeral.
The Anonymous Romance (also "Spanish Romance," "Romanza," "Romance d'Amour," "Forbidden Games," etc.) is a guitar piece in the Spanish parlour music style of the late 19th Century. Its authorship is unknown or disputed; Narciso Yepes (1927-1997) claimed during his lifetime to have written it, but since a wax-cylinder recording from no later than 1901 exists, that seems unlikely. Being copyright-free and technically challenging for guitarists, the Romance is a staple of "teach yourself guitar" handbooks. Excel Saga fans will recognize it.
Sequenced in Rosegarden for the Gakken NSX-39 "Pocket Miku" Vocaloid/General MIDI synthesizer; SYSEX messages to set the lyrics from a Perl script. This is a straight recording of the synthesizer's headphone jack while it was playing under USB-MIDI control. Pretty good sound for a 5000円 toy, I think.
AO BITO ZA DORAM SURORI AN\ PUREEI ZA FAIFU RORI