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Latin-American Christmas Repertoire

Down East Singers (Rockport, Maine) is planning a Latin-American themed Christmas concert featuring Navidad Nuestra and Misa Criolla of Argentine composer Ariel Ramîrez and Colombian arranger Antonio Rincón's Yambambó. We'd be interested in suggestions for shorter works to add to the concert in Spanish or Portuguese. (No English.)
Anthony Antolini
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological
on May 28, 2014 10:14pm
Admittedly, several of these pieces are in Latin but most would be a good fit to your already wonderful program:
Aguiar, Ernani:  Salmo 150
Campos-Parsi, Héctor:  Ave Maria
Escobar, Aylton:  Missa Breve on Brazilian Folk Rhythms
Luna, Margarita:  Alleluya
Moreno, Segundo:  Ave Maria
Noble, Ramón:  La Misa en México
Vargas, Téofilo:  El Niño Dios Misa
Villa-Lobos, Heitor:  Misa St. Sebastion
Hope that helps.
Michael A. Gray
on May 29, 2014 5:14am
I'd love to recommend my "Nada Te Turbe" for your upcoming concert. The text is by Santa Teresa de Ávila (Spain), yet there are strong ties to this poem in many Latin American and South American countries. It is a prayer of comfort and perfect for a holiday program.
Listen here:
Score are available through JR Music.
All best,
Jake Runestad, composer
on May 31, 2014 9:32am
Convidando esta la noche by Zespedes is always fun.
Jeff DeMarco
on June 10, 2014 11:39am
Hi Jake~
Thanks so much for sending me this lovely piece. We will seriously consider it for our Latin-American Christmas concerts.
Tony Antolini
on June 10, 2014 4:14pm

Have you considered anything by Buenos Aires composer Marcelo Valva? He has an extensive catalog of both secular and sacred works, for instance:

There are many more clips on YouTube. If something grabs you, please feel free to PM me for his email address.


Kind regards,

David Basden,

Sydney, Australia

on June 11, 2014 7:48am
Hi Anthony,
May be you could find something interesting at the Latin American Choral Music series at
Particularly I would suggest Hanacpachap (the first polyphonic work ever written on the New World in quechua languagge) and Guachi Torito (SSAA villancico).
Good luck!
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