"Las Posadas" Spanish Carol Medley (SAB)

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Easy (Grades 1-3)
7 minutes
World music and Latin music
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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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Amapola, Funeral March from the Sonata in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, The Big Book of Christmas Carols II for Clarinet Quartet, The Water Is Wide (O Waly, Waly), Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean (1843), Blow the Man Down, Sonata in G minor, Vol. I, No. 11, arr. for viola and string orchestra, Voices of Spring, Shenandoah, The Big Book of Christmas Carols II for String Orchestra, The Marines’ Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma), O mio babbino caro (1918) (for wordless voice and string quartet), Libiamo ne’ lieti calici (Drinking Song) from La Traviata (for string quartet), Royal Fireworks Music, La Paix (Clarinet Quartet), Royal Fireworks Music, Bourrée (Clarinet Quartet), Voi, che sapete, from Le Nozze di Figaro (arr. for string trio), Ein Mannlein steht im Walde (from the opera Hansel und Gretel), Radetzky March, Op.228 (Sax Quartet-AATB or SATB), Anchors Aweigh, Annen Polka, Op, 117 (Saxophone Quartet), Overture to "The Gypsy Baron", War March of the Priests from Athalia, Annen Polka, Op. 117, Sheep May Safely Graze (Chorale Melody in Violin), Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto), Overture to "Die Fledermaus", Sheep May Safely Graze (Chorale Melody in Viola), Tales of the Vienna Woods Waltzes, Op. 325, Nimrod, from the ’Enigma’ Variations (arr. for String Quartet), Thunder and Lightning Polka, Blue Danube Waltzes, Op. 314 (String Quartet), Little Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578, Overture to "The Mikado" (String Quartet), Royal Fireworks Music, Overture, Los Peces en el Río (for SAB, Guitar, and String Bass), My Bonny Lass, She Smileth (arranged for String Quintet - 3 violins, viola, and cello), Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), Largo from Xerxes (for String Quintet - 3 violins, viola, & cello), Las Mañanitas/Mañanitas Tapatías, Water Music No. 11, Allegro Maestoso (Hornpipe) for Organ, Funeral March for a Marionette, Air from the Third Orchestral Suite (arranged for String Trio), Passacaglia in g (String Quartet), Allegretto from the Sonata in e minor for Contrabass, Ave Maria (High Voice and String Orchestra) Bb, Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (String Orchestra), Dido’s Lament from "Dido and Aeneas" (for String Quartet), Country Dance No. 3 (for Two French Horns), Country Dance No. 1 (for Two French Horns), Ah! Maria, Marí! (Ah! Marie), Overture to "H. M. S. Pinafore" (for Fl., Vln., Vc. Trio), Royal Fireworks Music, Minuets I and II, La donna e mobile (for String Quartet), Wine, Women, and Song Waltzes, Op. 333, for String Quartet, March and Procession of Bacchus from the ballet Sylvia (String Quartet), Barcarolle from "The Tales of Hoffmann" for String Quartet, Air from the Third Orchestral Suite (arr for string quintet of 3 violins, viola solo, and cello), The Laird o’ Drumblaire (Medley for Solo Violin with Guitar and String Bass Accompaniment), Still wie die Nacht (Medium Voice & String Quartet), De Wántele - Schieber (Schottisch), Water Music Suite I in F for String Quartet (COMPLETE: Nos. 1-9), The Prince of Denmark’s March (Harpsichord), Alleluja from the motet "Exultate, jubilate", K. 165, for soprano and string quartet, Serenata Rimpianto (String Quartet), The Star-Spangled Banner (Bb) (SAB), Trumpet Tune in D (String Quartet), Water Music Suite, No. 19, Menuetto (D), Water Music Suite, No. 15, Bourrée (D), What Child Is This? (Greensleeves), A Boston Fancy (Hornpipe) for Solo Violin with Guitar and String Bass Accompaniment, Canon in D, for String Quartet, Water Music Suite, No. 9, Dialogue (d min.), Ave Maria (Solo Cello in String Quartet. w/ opt. Voice/Piano) G, Ave Maria (Solo Viola in String Quartet. w/ opt. Voice/Piano) G, Water Music Suite, No. 1, Overture (F), Water Music Suite, No. 4, Menuetto and Trio (F), Water Music Suite, No. 6, Menuetto and Trio (F), Water Music Suite, No. 8, Hornpipe (F), Water Music Suite, No. 7, Bourrée (F), Pizzicato Polka (String Quartet), Water Music Suite, No. 3a, Allegro Deciso (F), Emperor Waltzes, Op. 437, for String Quartet, Still wie die Nacht (String Quartet), Water Music Suite, No. 11, Hornpipe (D), Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (String Quartet w/ opt. trumpet), Fanfare for Brass Quartet and Flight of the Bumblebee, for String Quartet

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