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 →