Oy, comamos y bebamos
Oy comamos y bebamos (“Eat, drink, and be merry”), the first of these three pieces from the Spanish Renaissance, is a joyful, extroverted drinking song in ternary rhythm (3/4); the tempo is allegro. The homophonic texture highlights the soprano and bass, which can be doubled by instruments such as the flageolet (small flute), strings and percussion. There are five refrains of three verses each (the last verse always has the same words) and four coplas of four verses each. Oy comamos is one of Juan del Encina’s best-known villancicos, the basic form of which consists of an opening refrain (estribillo) followed by one or more verses (coplas), which are themselves divided into two parts.
This is one of four pieces contained in the octavo Quatro canciones espanolas del Renacimiento (Four Spanish Renaissance Songs). Other pieces in this octavo are Triste Espana sin ventura, Teresica Hermana, and Nino Dios de amor herido.