"Las Posadas" Spanish Carol Medley (SAB)

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The following arrangement for SAB choir with guitar and string bass accompaniment is a traditional medley of Spanish Christmas carols sung at the "posada" as the villiagers travel through their town, following the path lit with "luminarios" (paper bags, often decorated with beautiful cutouts, weighted down with sand or rocks to keep them in place, and each containing a buring votive candle to light the way) from house to house. The song starts with alternating verses between San Jos� (St. Joseph) asking for lodgings at the inn for his wife Mar�a (the Virgin Mary), and the Casero (Innkeeper) who won’t open the door for strangers. At each house the holy couple is refused admittance, sometimes with a mere refusal, other times with threats of beatings, as per the words of each of the six pairs of verses). The "pilgrims" continue following the "posada" to the next house in their journey. Eventually (at the last house on the "posada", San Jos� convinces the Casero that he is traveling with the Mother of God, as foretold in the Scriptures. The Casero opens the door and welcomes the Holy Couple ("Entren, Santos Peregrinos" – Enter, Holy Pilgrims!). It is a poor house, but the strangers are welcome to the corner and to the gift of the open hearts of the family that resides there. At this point, all the villagers enter the house for a Christmas celebration. "��ndale, Juana!" tells Juana to hurry with the basket of nuts for all to eat, and also for her to bring the stick for the pi�ata game. In "Dale, dale, dale" the blindfolded children are told not to lose the stick (their faith), because they could lose their way (in life). The last child calls for the stick saying that it is now his/her turn! The pi�ata game features a papier mache figure whose brightly colored adornments represent the lures of the devil. The blindfolded children strke at the pi�ata with the stick (blind faith) and when the devil is destroyed (the pi�ata is broken), their reward comes from Heaven (the candy inside the pi�ata falls from the sky). Other Spanish Chrismas carols on the website (see below) for chorus are "Pastores, Venid" and "A la Nanita Nana." In addition to guitar and bass, all these carols can also be accompanied by two flutes and a string orchestra (see "Suite of Spanish Christmas Carols for Two flutes and String Orchestra" below).

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Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
7 minutes
World music and Latin music
Instrumental parts
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