Noche Buena

Concert Band

Noche Buena
Heilige Nacht

Spanish Christmas Fantasy
Spanische Weihnachtsfantasie

Music for Christmas
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1. Las Posadas
2. Fum, Fum, Fum
3. Ya Viene La Vieja

In his fantasy “Noche Buena”, as the Spaniards call Christmas Eve, Llano familiarizes us with Spanish Christmas customs and embeds three traditional songs in a varied Explora work. A fiery introduction in the style of a Paso doble, spiced with an accompaniment of clicking castanets, takes us directly to one of the sunniest countries in Europe. More than climate distinguishes the Spanish Christmas from the north: Rather than decorated fir trees, large cribs are very popular and everywhere you can see colorful fairy lights. Santa Claus also brings gifts, but the “Reyos Magos”, the three kings, are honored by large parades on January 5. Another tradition is “Las Posadas”, the title of the quiet song, which adjoins the introduction. Las Posadas are pre-Christmas celebrations that start nine days before nativity, depicting Mary and Joseph's search for a hostel en route to Bethlehem, as per the Augustinian tradition. This “Noche Buena” is centered around the Catalan Christmas carol “Fum, Fum, Fum” from the 16th/17th Century. Fum, essentially "smoke", suggests a mysterious mood, illustrated by a characteristic tom-tom rhythm with a flute hovering above it. Finally, the traditional Spanish Villancico “Ya Viene La Vieja” completes the fantasy in a dance-like 6/8 rhythm. A tender melody expresses the joy of the birth of Jesus as a long accelerando crescendo builds to a spirited conclusion.

eXplora Grade 3
eXplora disc 20

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