Tune of the Day: Moita Festa
This Christmas carol, whose title literally means “a lot of partying”, was composed in 1829 by José Pacheco, master of music at Mondoñedo Cathedral in Galicia, a Celtic region in the North-West of Spain. It is a villancico, a traditional piece featuring short stanzas and a refrain, and uses the same key signature and tempo of a traditional muiñeira or mill dance.
During his lifetime Pacheco composed some 150 Christmas carols, but in practice this is the one he is remembered for, to the point that the tune is often simply referred to as the “Galician Carol”.
Merry Christmas from flutetunes.com!