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Cantos sagrados


In writing this work I wanted to compose something which was both timeless and contemporary, both sacred and secular. The title ('Sacred songs') is therefore slightly misleading as the three poems are concerned with political repression in Latin America and are deliberately coupled with traditional religious texts to emphasise a deeper solidarity with the poor of that subcontinent.

It was my interest in liberation theology which made me combine the poems of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina with the texts of the Latin mass in Busqueda (an earlier music theatre work) and has now led me to attempt a similar synthesis of ideas in Cantos sagrados.

The voices in Ariel Dorfman’s poems belong to those who suffer a particular type of political repression: the disappearance’ of political prisoners. Ana Maria Mendoza’s poem about the Virgin of Guadalupe tackles the same problem by asking a more fundamental cultural and historical question.

from notes by James MacMillan © 2020


Cantos sagrados
Studio Master: SIGCD604Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Identity  What did you say – they found another one?
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Track 1 on SIGCD604 [7'50] Download only
No 2: Virgin of Guadalupe  Sweet Virgin of Guadalupe
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Track 2 on SIGCD604 [6'39] Download only
No 3: Sun stone  They put the prisoner
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Track 3 on SIGCD604 [5'36] Download only

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