MISA DE LAS INDIAS 


Introduction

The "Misa de las Indias" (1992) is a composition for mixed choir, musical ensemble and singers. The ensemble is formed by piano, guitars, (Argentinian) bass drum and contrabass. The vocal soloists are one or two woman's voices and two man's voices.
The official name of the Spanish colonies was "Las Indias". In the mass I used motifs from various countries. For that reason, I called it "Misa de las Indias" ("The Mass of the Indias").
In Holland, the mass - up to this moment - has been performed more then fifty times and relayed by Dutch National Radio. The work met with warm admiration. I will never forget the unforgetable reception, later, of the "Misa" in Italy, where it was song at various occasions.
The mass consists of the following parts:

Introito: Argentina: rythm of the milonga
Kyrie: Colombia: rythm of the bambuco
Gloria: Chile: Chile: rythms of the cueca-tonada, refalosa, canción in the style of Violeta Parra
Credo: Argentina: rythms of baguala, chacarera, estilo and huella
Santo: Paraguay: rythm of the purajheí (partially sung in guaraní)
Agnus Dei: Ecuador: rithm of the danzante
Canto final: Argentina: rythm of the milonga

I added to the mass three "interludios", which, though formally they are not parts of the mass, can (and should) be performed during the mass celebration or during a concert:

Interludio 1: Venezuela: pasaje
Interludio 2: Peru: peruvian waltz
Interludio 3: Ecuador: motif

Duration, inclusive the interludios: 35 minutes