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Music From Mexico

I have a sudden need for repertoire from Mexico or from Mexican composers. Pieces can be a capella or accompanied.  Several choirs will participate in this event, with skill levels ranging from advanced to beginner, including children's works in one and two parts. 
 
The concert is in December, so some of this list needs to be about Christmas or winter. 
 

Wishart Bell

Artistic Director, Musical Arts Indiana

(Vesper Chorale, Children's Choir of Michiana)

ACDA R&S Chair for Community Choirs, Central Division

 
 
Replies (7): Threaded | Chronological
on September 10, 2012 12:20pm
Hi Wishart,
 
There is a wonderful CD by the Gregg Smith Singers that consists exclusively of music by Mexican composers. The title is "La Noche: Modern Mexican Choral Masterpiesces" Here's a link to some info about the CD on the singers.com site: http://www.singers.com/7526c/Gregg%20Smith%20Singers/La%20Noche/, which should display a list of the works and the composers.
 
There is also the Baroque Mexican composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590-1664). Peter Rutenberg has championed Padilla's music and Rutenberg's fine Los Angeles Chamber Singers has released several CDs of Padilla's music, including the following: http://www.singers.com/7569c/Los-Angeles-Chamber-Singers/Padilla--Music-of-the-Mexican-Baroque/  
 
Another CD that features 16th & 17th century Mexican works is the following by the Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by James O'Donnell: http://www.singers.com/8107c/Westminster-Cathedral-Choir/Masterpieces-of-Mexican-Polyphony/
 
There is also Three Nocturnes (1942) by the pre-eminent Mexican composer, Carlos Chavez, as well as numerous other choral works by Chavez, including Nonantzin (Nahuatl text), SATB, 1972; Epistle (A. MacLeish), SATB, 1974; A Pastoral (N. Breton), SATB, 1974; Rarely (Shelley), SATB, 1974; The Waning Moon (Shelley), SATB, 1974; and Nokwik (Chávez), SATB, 1974.
 
Hopefully this will give you at least a sample of names of composers and works, which you might be able to listen to online or via YouTube.
 
Best of luck in your search!
John Muehleisen
on October 14, 2012 7:33pm
La Paloma Azul by Carlos Chavez is wonderful: http://www.jwpepper.com/La-Paloma-Azul/1863273.item
 
If you need SSA repertoire, I composed a piece entitled "Victor, Catarina" on texts by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 16th century Mexican nun. http://www.waltonmusic.com/Sound7/24victor/
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