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Pablo Mendieta Paz
1955 -
P. Mendieta Paz
Pablo Mendieta Paz (08/02/1955), a Bolivian director, composer and singer. He was a student of the French master Alain Charron. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He returned to Bolivia and worked with the Bolivian composer Gustavo Navarre. In 1985, he won the Latin American festival of French music with a representative from Chile. Also studied law and wrote the story The Dark Night and Other Stories published by Plural Publishing.
Requiem Brevis
Period:21st century
Composed in:2013
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:ca. 40'
In memory of:the American journalist and musician Daniel Pearl
On November 6 2013, the U.S. Embassy sponsored the premiere of Requiem Brevis, a work by Bolivian composer Pablo Mendieta Paz in remembrance of American journalist and musician Daniel Pearl. Pearl was kidnapped and killed by extremists in Pakistan in 2002 while investigating a story. Over 600 people attended the concert offered at Iglesia La Exaltación, in La Paz. The Daniel Pearl Concerts seek to promote dialogue and understanding, counter cultural and religious resentment, foster responsible and balanced journalism, and promote peace through music.
According to the composer, the track Requiem Brevis is a milestone in Bolivia because it is one of the first that was created in Latin in the country. Mendieta was encouraged to compose a requiem when his father died. “I decided to compose this musical piece to pay him tribute,” he said. Then the composer was invited to create another piece in homage to Israeli-American journalist Daniel Pearl, who died in February 2012 by the terrorist attacks of Al Qaeda. The general explained that potosino requiems last an hour and a half as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi and Louis Hector Berlioz, among others. The work of the potosino composer takes 40 minutes, for this reason it was called Requim Brevis. The composition is sung by a mixed choir made up the choir of the Philharmonic Society of La Paz, directed by Maestro Ricardo Estrada, and coral Vox Corde, Mendieta. The piece is also accompanied by a string quartet, organ, soloists, soprano and baritone.
Daniel Pearl (10/10/1963 – 01/02/2002) was a journalist with American and Israeli citizenship. He was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered by Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pakistan.
D. Pearl