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Milagro de Guadalupe
     

El Milagro de Guadalupe

by Savae
 
One of the most remarkable successes in Christian music was the debut of this seven-member vocal arts ensemble from San Antonio, Texas. Using re-creations of ancient instruments, SAVAE performs the music of Aztec composers -- devotional songs that were composed in honor of the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the 16th century. The music was discovered in a

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One of the most remarkable successes in Christian music was the debut of this seven-member vocal arts ensemble from San Antonio, Texas. Using re-creations of ancient instruments, SAVAE performs the music of Aztec composers -- devotional songs that were composed in honor of the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the 16th century. The music was discovered in a deerskin binder by two Maryknoll priests in Guatemala in the '60s and represents the earliest outpouring of devotional music to the "Brown Virgin" who appeared to the peasant Juan Diego and became Mexico's patron saint. Its mixture of sacred vocal music and Aztec rhythms reflects the cultural mixing of native and European cultures in Mexico and Central America, providing an aural counterpoint in flutes and drums to the syncretic religious beliefs of Mexico's Indians. This is stirring music - not a field recording or compositional exercise. And yet the details of this project are fascinating - the instruments themselves composed from pictures, the drumming and rhythmic patterns preserved in the writing of an Aztec noble who converted to Catholicism. Perhaps the highest honor for any composing group was bestowed upon SAVAE when the music of Guadalupe was incorporated into Catholic church liturgy. Those who doubt miracles need look no further.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
IAGO RECORDS
UPC:
0741095021425
catalogNumber:
214

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