Suite Bajo los Festones de la Parroquia for solo guitar | Juan Gaspar

Suite Bajo los Festones de la Parroquia for solo guitar | Juan Gaspar

Model: 6648 / CNP74333
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Publication's Style: Soft Cover
Pages: 16
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
General Description: A Suite in six movements for solo guitar

"There are three good reasons for working through this book. First reason: the music is interesting, pleasurable and entertaining; second reason: material for a multitude of tecnical developments...; third reason:...substantial complete "suite" worthy of performance.

Each (movement) demonstrates the characteristics of the title very well. Prayer is for me the gem of the collection; a beautiful bit of writing..." Steve Marsh - Classical Guitar Magazine - September 2008

Suite Bajo los Festones de la Parroquia (Under the Parish Festoons )
I - Campanas al alba (Morning Bells)
II - Teponaxtles (Ancient Drums)
III - Plegaria (Prayer)
IV - Listones y huipiles (Ribbons and Emroidered Blouses)
V - La China (The Lady from China)
VI - La Fuente de San Miguel (The Fountain of Saint Michael)

Under the Parish Festoons (Bajo los festones de la parroquia)

A great many of the concerts that Gaspar has played throughout Mexico have often been in a church or chapel. These are often decorated and festooned with multicolored banners for religious festivities; the activities carried out under these festoons make for a rich variety of ideas for musical thought. The six movements of Under the Parish Festoons develop some of these themes.

Dawn Bells (Campanas al Alba) can be heard early in the morning calling people to the church.

Teponaxtles are pre-Hispanic percussion instruments which are still sometimes played outside churches, though this ancient tradition seems to be disappearing.

Prayer (Plegaria) We enter the church and do solemnly pray.

Listones and huipiles are the traditional ribbons and hand embroidered blouses worn by the women whose beauty makes the composer sigh.

La China is the name given to a Chinese girl who came to the New Spain during the Colonial period. Many places have a statue of this girl who long ago influenced the style of dress today identified as “typically Mexican”. Though depicted in gay apparel, surely she must have longed for her homeland.

The Fountain of Saint Michael (La Fuente de San Miguel) is the water fountain across from the cathedral of Puebla. Most churches have a fountain outside, usually in the town square.

About The Composer

Juan Gaspar, a graduate of world renowned Estudio de Arte Guitarristico, has performed extensively throughout Mexico and in several U.S cities. Though he played in rock and blues bands in his college days and later accompanied flamenco dance (he is married to a flamenco “bailaora”), his first love from childhood was the classical guitar. He is currently on the faculty of the Conservatory of Puebla, Mexico where he teaches classical guitar.

He has been the recipient of grants from the National Council for the Arts and Culture (CONACULTA) and the State of Puebla Fund for the Arts and Culture (FOESCAP) to perform his music and to expand his musical opus. He has received numerous local, national and international awards and distinctions for his works. John Arran of the United Kingdom’s Classical Guitar Magazine has written of this music: “this is indeed passionate music...allowing us to share the composer’s innermost emotions and reflections”.

He has recorded not only as a soloist but with early music ensembles and choirs and even pop singers as well. His latest CD Festones is a collection of his most recent compositions. His music is published by VP Music Media of Italy and Clear Note Publications.


  • Model: 6648 / CNP74333
  • Manufactured by: 1 - C - CNP-Consignment
  • Condition: new
Suite Bajo los Festones de la Parroquia for solo guitar | Juan Gaspar