08: Yo Quisiera Quererte (if You Were Only Mine) for violin and piano

This haunting Chilean song about unrequited love is a Tonada, a melody and refrain combination derived from the old Spanish jongleur ballads of the Castilian court of Alfonso the Tenth. It shares with the Chilean dance, the Zamacueca, a medium tempo, a four-bar introduction, a four-bar repeated verse, and four-bar repeated refrain. The juxtaposed six-eight melodic pattern and three-four accompaniment give the music a special lilting quality. A long introduction containing the three-four figures leads to the tune, appearing in several different tonal centers. The introductory material returns in a varied postlude.