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Music from Spain

I will be having a foreign exchange student from Spain in my choir this year.  I would love to surprise her with some music from her home.  Do you have any favorite songs from Spain.  Preferrably folk songs, or, a pop song that would be fun for the choir to learn..... Links to performances would be appreciated.  Please include composer if possible.
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on August 21, 2014 9:04am
You might look into Juan de Encina's villancicos (they are not Christmas carols but chivalric little madrigal-like pieces) Lovely, short, elegant. EX: Mas vale trocar placer por dolores. 
Claro abril resplandeció is a lovely Catalonian carol, or the Renaissancy Dadme albricias, hijos d'Eva.
on August 22, 2014 7:19am
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I teach in a school where Spanish is spoken. One thought about the Catalonian carol. If it's Catalonian, chances are that it is in Catalan, not Spanish. If your foreign exchange student is from Catalonia and speaks Catalan, this could be a big hit. If not, you should know that there is some tension over Catalan in Spain. I'm not saying you shouldn't do the song, but you may want to know more about your student before selecting it, or your attempt to send a happy memory of home may backfire.
on August 22, 2014 3:06am
I give you a link if you're interested.
Three Spanish folkloric works with poems of the Spanish writer Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
on August 23, 2014 5:24pm
Iñigo, do you have any music that is simple, two part treble music for children's choirs?
on August 25, 2014 3:55am
Hello, Seth.
The spanish composer David Azurza has works for two part  treble music for children's choirs. 
For buy, you should go to "pedido" and write the reference number.
"El perro de San Roque" (The St. Roque's dog) based in a spanish popular twisters, is a very pretty work ;-)
on August 30, 2014 7:52am
Gracias. Voy a investigar los canciones.
on August 24, 2014 7:43am
Being myself a catalan conductor and having performed all kinds of catalan music, I have to say that  I 've never heard about this  song called "Claro Abril resplandeció" as a catalan song. I am not saying  it is impossible  that  such a title in spanish could be used by a catalan composer, in fact, you can find many pieces from the early baroque ( Ex. Joan Cererols) written in the spanish language ( ex. Ay, que dolor, written in spanish by Cererols, which begins with the same notes of the first choir of  Bach's Saint Mathew's passion).
My advise is that if you want to give your guest a musical welcome, just make sure from which part of Spain he or she comes.  Should she or he comes from Catalonia, may I suggest you to sing EL ROSSINYOL by A. Perez Moya?. Nice song, with a very fine and simple harmonization.
on August 24, 2014 8:11am
Hello Lori,
There's a gorgeous old Spanish folksong, El Prisionero, which I arranged recently for SATB+SSA (also SATB and SSA separately), piano and optional cello. It may be heard at
Four verses are shown in the score in English and Spanish. Please contact me if you'd like to see a complete PDF. I believe the melody may be performed in either language (i.e. the English words 'work')
1. Mes de Mayo, mes de Mayo, Cuando hace la calor, Cuando los trigos en cañan Y están los campos en flor. Cuando los trigos en cañan Y están los campos en flor.
1. Month of Maying, month of Maying, When the heat is on the land, When the wheat in stalk is growing, And in fields the flowers stand;
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