A Belén

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB (div), soli, vihuela da mano (or guitar), viola da gamba (or cello)

This is a quasi-dramatic piece portraying the journey of the shepherds to Bethlehem, and the singing of the angels that accompany them. This was written for inclusion in a concert of Mexican Baroque music, and is accompanied by viola da gamba (a precursor of the cello), and the vihuela da mano (a small early Spanish guitar). The text was written by a 17th-century Mexican nun named Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who was a astoundingly prolific author of villancico texts.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
FAM-0001-01
Duration: 
7:45
Commissioned By: 
The Rose Ensemble
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/01/2005
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Rose Ensemble
Premiere Conductor: 
Jordan Sramek
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Language: 
Medieval Spanish