Xalbadorren heriotzean 1 is a song and poem by Xabier Lete from the album Lore bat, zauri bat (A flower, an injury), which translates from Basque means “In the death of Xalbador “. It is also known in everyday language as ” Urepeleko artzaina “ 2 in Basque or ” the shepherd of Urepel ” in French.
It was written in tribute to the missing poet Xalbador. This is one of the most famous songs with Txoria txori throughout the Basque Country .
Written in 1978, two years after the death of the bertsolari in Urepel on 7 November 1976 3 , this song has been performed by a large number of artists such as the poet Erramun Martikorena, the group Arrantzaleak, Magali Zubillaga, Benito Lertxundi, Anne Etchegoyen among others.
Adiskide bat bazen orotan bihotz bera,
Plazetako kantari bakardadez josia,
Hesia urraturik libratu huen kanta
Azken hatsa huela bertsorik sakonena.
Nun hago …
At the death of Xalbador
There was a friend, a deep and sensitive being
A singer who roamed the squares, a lonely one
You released the song by tearing down the barriers
transforming your last sigh into the deepest verse,
Where are you…
Xabier Lete in concert. (1971)
Notes and references
- ↑ Veint años de canción in España, 1963-1983: Of the esperanza. Apéndices , Fernando González Lucini, Grupo Cultural Zero, 1984
- ↑ Urepelego artzaina in the local dialect.
- ↑ the conditions of his disappearance make Xalbador a legend. Indeed, the day of his death, all his friends were gathered to celebrate the public presentation of a collection of texts, and it is the evening of that day that the sensitive man died of a heart attack.