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Virginia Ebinger Collection of Spanish Folk Music

Identifier: MU-23

Scope and Content

Virginia Ebinger made these recordings in the early 1990s while researching Spanish folk music, stories and games. She visited Spain, Mexico and England, and also Santa Fe and Santa Cruz, New Mexico, recording a variety of street festivals in her travels.

While in Spain Ebinger recorded folk dances and a chorus in Extremadura; Gypsy dances in Granada and Easter Holy Week ceremonies in Torremolinos and Malaga. She also attended the Holy Week bell ringing ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral, in London. On another occasion she covered several Holy Week festivities in Oaxaca. Those from New Mexico are Christmas La Posada performances, entriegas, inditas and other folk songs from Santa Fe and Santa Cruz. There is also a tape of a discussion of Hispanic music in New Mexico.

The CD includes background information about song traditions and has live renditions of several wedding entriegas and inditas. The inventory is based on notes and comments provided by Ebinger. There are no introductions of the performers or descriptions of the music on the recordings. The casettes are unedited and have some gaps and background noise.

Forms part of the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music.


  • 1990-1993


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biography / History

Virginia Nylander Ebinger, formerly from Los Alamos, New Mexico, donated these recordings to the Center for Southwest Research in 1995. She is a retired elementary music teacher, teacher trainer, researcher and author. Today she lives in Albuquerque and continues to research and write.

Ebinger has published a number of works based on her research. One is De Colores: Folklore from the Hispanic Tradition, New York, ca. 1992. Another is Niñez: Spanish Songs, Games and Stories of Childhood, Santa Fe, 1993, which deals with traditions from northern New Mexico and Colorado. She also compiled and edited Savoring The Past: Recipes From Three Cultures, Los Alamos, in 2001. The Los Alamos Historical Society also published her study of Norris Bradbury. She is currently finishing a book on Spanish aguinaldos or Christmas songs.


10 CDs (10 hrs.)


The collection contains a variety of street field recordings made in Spain, England, Mexico and New Mexico. Included are Gypsy dances in Granada; Easter Holy Week activities in Oaxaca, London and Torremolinos, Spain; Christmas La Posada programs in Santa Fe and Santa Cruz, New Mexico; and other examples of Spanish folk music.
Finding Aid of the Virginia Ebinger Collection of Spanish Folk Music, 1990-1993
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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131