My friend, the wonderful lutenist/guitarist and scholar, Daniel Zuluaga introduced this piece to me. The text is by the renowned Mexican poet and intellectual Son Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695) whose beautiful poetry employs a syncopated cadence on the last word of each line. The composer and alto Andrés Flores’ (1690-1754), who was a student of Juan de Araujo in La Plata (Bolivia), wrote this setting of A este Edificio célebre. I love this arrangement that Gabriel Garrido made on his album, Le phenix du Mexique, which takes full advantage of this rhythm in this joyful recording.
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