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!