Splashing and Dancing

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Instrumental Only?

Grade 3-6 Children's Choir (or any age choir) for unison treble voices (with opt. second part), flute, basso,On, triangle and harp (or piano/organ).

  • Text Source: Traditional Spanish carol
  • Melody: Spanish folk tune
  • Vocal Part(s): Unison w/optional second part
  • Vocal Range: d-d’(solo), f#-g’ (Treble I), d-d’ (Treble II)
  • Key: G minor
  • Meter: Solo stanza in 4/4, refrain in 2/4

Anthem Warm-Ups: Refrain on “loo”; Two parts together, m. 35-45

Teaching Points:

  • Following the “road map” of the anthem
  • Understanding terms - quasi recitativo, coda, solo, tutti, da capo
  • Learning Spanish pronunciation
  • Understanding tempo change between stanza and refrain

November 2009 Newsletter


Here in Bethlehem this evening,
Springs a mighty flame from heaven,
Who our sinfulness will be consuming,
And through whom we will be forgiven.

Brincan y bailan los peces en el río,  [The fish in the river jump and dance]
Brincan y bailan a ver Diós nacido. [They jump and dance upon seeing God born.]
Splashing and dancing like fish in the water,
Dancing and praising the Light from heaven dawning.

In a cold and humble stable,
Blooms a spotless white carnation
That becomes a lovely purple lily
Sacrificed for our redemption.