Composer:   Anonymous 16th century Spain
Arranger:   Dante Andreo
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Edition:   SBMP 134, 135, 136
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied


Mike Tamte-Horan
St. Cloud State University 2002
R&R Chair High School Choirs

The three villancicos are classic 16th century Christmas songs every young conductor will want to know. These excellent arrangements use the original “barebones” vocal parts (solo verses and SATB refrains) and adds to them tasteful, interesting parts for flute, harp (or piano or harpsichord) and tambourine. Use a single soloist, different soloists or sections from the choir on the solo verses (in either Spanish or English) and sing the simple choral refrains in Spanish. Vocal ranges for the most part are very good for young singers (high school or middle school) although the most effective of the three works, “Dansaron,” requires good, solid high G from the soprano. The flute part requires a very good flutist. Hand clapping cues from the composer add yet another exciting element to the performance.