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Missa Criola Inspiration: The Genesis of ‘Madness Rules’ (Part II)


Composer: Ariel Ramírez

With a few hours to myself today in Washington DC, and leading up to the release of the eighth audio demo (‘Madness Rules’) in about 10 days time, I thought I would share the inspiration for the last section of this song (which is in two parts).

A lot of early inspiration for how to make the song work came from Victor showing me a YouTube video of Ariel Ramírez’s stunning Missa Criola in performance.  I subsequently decided to use a small section of the text of the ‘Kyrie’ (Señor, ten piedad de nosotros: Lord Have Mercy) in a new musical setting for our Musical.  Actually, this was not all that easy, as Ramírez’s setting is highly evocative – and now you know why composers don’t like listening to other composers’ music a lot of the time!

Also, for those of you who know ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera’ novel well, this is one of only a handful of occasions where we have deviated from the original source material for the show’s particular dramatic needs, i.e., there is no direct reference to the henequen field-workers singing in any such Catholic mass setting in Béa Gonzalez’s narrative. Continue Reading →

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Audio Tracks Now in Show Order

Audio-128I just thought I should write quickly to let everyone know that the audio tracks on the Audio page of the website are now in Show order. We’ve been meaning to do this for some time because there are music and lyric connections that connect across songs over the arch of both Acts of the Musical. Continue Reading →

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