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Juan Arnez
1950 -
J. Arnez
Juan Arnez (1950) a Bolivian composer. Born in Colomi, Bolivia. Juan Arnez came to Europe in 1974 to introduce Bolivian folklore with the group 'Los Kusis de Bolivia'. The group has a diverse repertoire of traditional songs and original compositions. Since the 90s he has also composed works for choir and orchestra: Inkallajta, Misa Pacha Mama, Navidad Andina, Requiem for the Miners and the oratorio Movimiento del Mundo. Juan Arnez also appears as a soloist, where he plays his own compositions, accompanied by numerous instruments that he also plays himself (guitar, charango, flutes).
Bolivianisches Requiem «Misterium del socavón»
Period:21st century
Composed in:2014
Musical form:structure of the mass
Text/libretto:Spanish texts
“Misterium del Socavón” (“Mass for a Miner”). The precarious situation in the Bolivian mines is well known. Many regret They, others simply acknowledge the facts, many defend themselves in Bolivia themselves against the centuries-old exploitation of their country's wealth and against the misery that continues today. It's not just about material goods, but also about human dignity, to deal with the seemingly unavoidable fates of the involved workers, simply to live the human right and to be. Juan Arnez has in his requiem “Misterium del socavón” for these thoughts found a musical expression. The fair is on adhere to the traditional Latin chapters. But she speaks and bears witness of another world in which people chew coca together in the “Kyrie eleison” and play Indian instruments. She Singing and crying, they should ask God and the cosmos for mercy.
In “Dies irae” the picture of the Bolivian mine is in all its horror clearly drawn. «The silence is even sadder, for fear of the Fear. Screams in the miner's terror, dying in tunnels. Day of anger." In the background is the vision of a possible end time when The text says: “Black tormented sky weeps balls of fire, the perforate Mother Earth.” In “Lacrimosa” the text is by Juan Arnez is even clearer, goes even closer to the reality in the mines approach: He knows the fate of the workers who loudly complain about their lives is death. They only have one wish, they ask their mother Earth to open her arms and welcome them into her womb. Faced with imminent death, the miner thinks again the possibilities of his life, the beautiful moments of the Love, the song of the birds and the wind. He is confident that his voice will continue to sing, for the consolation of the poor, for the consolation for what is becoming. That's why in "Libera me" he asks for it again Representation of the inhuman conditions on his earth that life and strength may come back to the people, so that they all don't forgotten and abandoned.
Juan Arnez's “Mass for a Miner” is a large-scale work in a form that is unfamiliar to us. But it grabs you through its Immediacy, through the cry of a man who lives with us, but who speaks in the name of the inhabitants of a world far away from us, who brings us in conveys the message in musical form that they too are residents of our earth, our brothers and sisters.
Author:Peter Schuler