Cierva is one of the themes of Song of the Balcones. On April 25, 1831, James Bowie married Maria Ursula Veramendi, daughter of the vice-governor of Coahuila-Texas. According to legend, Bowie also took a Native American bride, daughter of Apache chief Xolic. I have given this maiden the name Cierva. Since her story is tragic, this music ends in lament. During a KUT-FM broadcast in 1988, I heard Beth Kelly sing the Native American song that I adapt here. My first attempt at ProTools, this recording serves as sound track for the Kitchen Mesa video of the Ghost Ranch Multi Media Group. I will post improved recordings of Cierva.
Cierva Keeper Track mp3 – approx 90 seconds