Cantan Las Flores

The Flowers Are Singing
Composed by Michael D. Mendoza
Voicing: SATB
Instrumentation: harp
Catalog number: AMP 0174
Price: $1.60

Cantan Las Flores
(The Flowers are Singing)

(Translation and Pronunciation Guide)

Cantan las flores en las pampas.
Cantan canciones de alegría.
Flores azules y amarillas,
las flores rojas, las flores todas.
Lara, lara, lara.

No lloren flores tristes
con lagrimitas.
Canten. Las nubes traen la lluvia.
Canten. Saluden, canten al sol.
Flores azules y amarillas,
las flores rojas, las flores todas.

Bailan las flores.
Lara, lara, lara.
Bailen las flores con el viento.
Lara, lara, lara.
             The flowers on the prairies are singing.
They are singing songs of joy.
Blue, yellow, and red flowers,
all the flowers. Lara, lara, lara.

Sad flowers don't cry
with little tears.
Sing. The clouds bring the rain.
Laud and sing to the sun.
Blue, yellow and red flowers,
all of the flowers.

The flowers are dancing.
Lara, lara, lara.
Flowers, dance in the wind.
Lara, lara, lara.

a   like a in English father, e.g., cantan, las, pampas.
e   when stressed, like a in English pay, e.g., flores, azules, alegría.
     when unstressed, like in English bet, e.g., viento.
i    like i in English machine or ee in feet, e.g., canciones, Amarillo.
o   like o in English obey, e.g., flores, lloren, con.
u   like u in English rule e.g., azules, nubes.
y   like ee in English feet.
ai   like the English I in sigh e.g., bailan.
d    between two vowels like the th sound in English this e.g., todas
     Not as hard as d in English
j   like the English h in hat e.g., rojas
ll   The ll (lloren, amarillas) consonant in Spanish sounds like the y in English
     e.g., yet, (in Spanish America, the American Southwest).
r   At the beginning of a word -- strongly trilled e.g., rojas.
     A single flap of the tongue in the rest of the words -- e.g, flores, lloren, flores.
z   Like the s in English sea, e.g., azules.

The acute accent denotes word stress only e.g., alegría.

Michael D. Mendoza
April 27, 1995

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