Links to Carlos Colón-Quintana (enlaces en la internet):

miércoles, 31 de diciembre de 2008

Central American Composer Wins Latin Grammy for Best Classical Composition

Congratulations to Costa Rican composer Carlos José Castro for winning the Latin Grammy for best classical composition by a Latin American composer. Read Susan Campos' coverage on this landmark achievement.

Compositor Centroamericano Gana Grammy Latino por Mejor Composición Clásica

Felicitamos al compositor costarricense Carlos José Castro por ganar el Grammy Latino por la mejor composición clásica. Lea la cobertura completa por la Maestra Susan Campos en éste triunfo histórico.

sábado, 20 de diciembre de 2008

The Texas Voices Perform "Weary is the World"

The Texas voices performed my anthem Weary is the World during their Christmas concert last night in Dallas.
You can hear it here.

martes, 16 de diciembre de 2008

Weary is the World, a new Christmas anthem by Carlos Colón-Quintana

Click on the player to listen.

The choir singing is B.A.S.I.C. from Central United Methodist Church in Waco under the direction of Karen Hogue.

Many know G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) for his Father Brown mysteries. But he was also a prolific essayist, a writer of Christian apologetics, and of poetry. The text for Weary is the Night was written under the title of A Christmas Carol. It was first published in a collection, The Wild Knight, in 1900.
The shifts in mood in this poem were powerful stimulation for my musical imagination. Layers of tenderness, the futility of the human condition, and the divine hope present in the vulnerable God Incarnate interact with the musical, often chromatic, text-painting of this composition.

Here is the text:
A Christmas Carol

G.K. Chesterton (1900)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

Here is another performance of the same piece by a church in Michigan. The director there is Greg Scheer, a good friend of mine.

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2008

Nueva Edición de La Retreta

La revista musical tica, La Retreta, ha publicado su última edición en línea. Está super-interesantísima! Bueno, el artículo de la Maestra Susan Campos hasta nos menciona!