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Luis Hernández

Christmas Carol (Villancico de Navidad)

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"Christmas time's a-comin'"...  Around this time of the year I use to make something with popular carols (reharmonization, fugues,.... just for fun).

However, I'd like to write my own two or three "carols = villancicos", differences aside, .... because this is not for singing. It's just how I think about and feel this time. So, I let my "harmonic imagination" fly and this is it.

 

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This is so beautiful! It's a little too hard for me to play (those runs) but I think I'll probably mess around with it and see how much of it I can learn. I think it's lovely that you're writing something original for Christmas! Your 'harmonic imagination' is splendid and full of the unexpected. I just love hearing anything you write Luis! That little bit at measures 8-11 and each place it repeats! That right there was my favorite little moment. That alone is enough for me to want to learn this! What a fun little piece! I'm gushing, I want to play this with my own fingers so badly!

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Hi Luis.

It sounds great!  It's a good little piece that evokes a Christmassy mood. I think the changes of time are good for giving the piece a bit of variety.

I like the harmonic language throughout. Sometimes there is a bit too much chromaticism for my personal taste, but I can see that it is skillfully put together and I know it is your style.

I think this piece would sound better performed live, where there is greater freedom in the performance. The suspended end sounds a bit abrupt in this audio, and I think the variety of touch and tone the pianist has would help this.

Great work!

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This is veery nice! Great job, I love your harmonic voccabulary on this one!

Especially in your pieces, I always lack a live performance. The midi does absolutely no justice to your compositions!

I would have enjoyed a cadential point that's a bit more discrete in M. 35, but besides that everything feels just in place!

 

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