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Sheet Music: Campanas de Belén

TitleCampanas de Belén
Alternate titlesCampana sobre campana
Bells over Bethlehem
ComposerTraditional Spanish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–G5
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (52 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (372 kB)
Date added2011-12-08
Last updated2011-12-08
CategoriesChristmas carols, Latin American, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 8 December 2011

Tune of the Day: Campanas de Belén

Traditional Spanish Christmas carol

“Campanas de Belén” (“Bells of Bethlehem”), also known by its opening line “Campana sobre campana” (“Bell over Bell”), is probably the most typical Spanish Christmas song. It originated in the Spanish region of Andalusia, and, unlike many Christmas tunes, it doesn't appear to have an English equivalent.

This song is an example of the very popular musical form of a villancico, which is made up of a refrain (estribillo) alternating with verses (estrofas).

Thanks to Austin for suggesting this tune!