Sheet Music: Fum, Fum, Fum

TitleFum, Fum, Fum
Alternate titlesVeinticinco de diciembre
ComposerTraditional Catalan
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyA minor
RangeB4–D6
Time signature2/4
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2020-12-11
Last updated2020-12-11
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Categories
Christmas carols, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 11 December 2020

Tune of the Day: Fum, Fum, Fum

Traditional Christmas carol, arranged for two flutes

This old Christmas carol, dating back at least to the 17th century, comes from Catalonia, an autonomous region in the northeastern corner of Spain. It is not typical of Spanish tradition but rather of Catalan tradition. It is not quite certain what the title is supposed to mean. The word “fum” means smoke in Catalan, and it may refer to the smoke rising from a chimney as seen from afar, even though many other interpretations have been proposed. The New Oxford Book of Carols, for instance, says that it “may imitate the sound of a drum (or perhaps the strumming of a guitar)”.

Thanks to Anne McKennon for contributing this arrangement for two flutes!