Juan Vásquez (or Vázquez, c. 1500, Badajoz - c. 1560,
Seville) was a Spanish priest and composer of the
renaissance. He can be considered part of the School of
Andalusia group of composers along with Francisco
Guerrero, Cristóbal de Morales, Juan Navarro
Hispalensis and others.
The villancico (or vilancete, in Portuguese) was a
common poetic and musical form of the Iberian Peninsula
and Latin America popular from the late 15th to 18th
centuries. With the decline in popularity of the
villancicos in the 20th century, the term became
reduced to mean merely "Christmas carol". Important
composers of villancicos were Juan del Encina, Pedro de
Escobar, Francisco Guerrero, Gaspar Fernandes, and Juan
Gutiérrez de Padilla.
The english text of "De los Álamos Vengo, Madre" reads
as follows: "I come from the aspen trees, Mother, I saw
how they shake in the breeze. From the aspen trees of
Seville, where I saw my beautiful beloved. I come from
the aspen trees, Mother, I saw how they shake in the
Although originally written for Chorus (SATB), I
created this arrangement for string Quartet (2 Violins,
Viola & Cello).