Canto Que Amabas

SSATB unacc.; also for SSAA/piano; Gabriela Mistral, poetess; US Publisher, Alliance Music; AMP #1115; Duration 6 min

Poetess Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, known by her pseudonym “Gabriela Mistral,” was a Chilean diplomat and major literary figure. Born in 1889, she began her career as an elementary and secondary teacher. She later played an important role in improving the educational systems in Chile and Mexico. She was active in the cultural committees of the League of Nations and was a consul in Naples, Madrid and Lisbon. In addition, she taught Spanish literature in the United States at Columbia University, Middlebury College, and Vassar College. Mistral was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.”

SSATB version conducted by Z. Randall Stroope; performed by the NEW AMERICAN VOICES.

SSAA/piano version: Alliance Music Publ. AMP #1165