James MacMillan (*1959)

Cantos Sagrados

for mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra
Hawkes Pocket Scores HPS 1566

para: Coro de voces mixtas (SATB), orquesta

Partitura de estudio

Nº de artículo680495
Autor/CompositorJames MacMillan
Idiomasinglés, latín
Alcance68 Páginas; 21 × 30 cm
Duración22 minutos
Año de creación1989
Año de lanzamiento2018
Editorial/fabricanteBoosey & Hawkes
N.º del fabricanteBH 13296
32,00 €
Plazo de envío: 2–3 días laborables (Alemania )
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Composer's Notes 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 sub-continent.

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 Búsqueda (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 Guadeloupe tackles the same problem by asking a more fundamental cultural and historical question.


  • Identity
  • Sun Stone
  • Virgin of Guadalupe