I always wanted to write a Requiem. In 2007, I was presented with a video called “El Grito Silencioso.” After I finished watching the video I knew I had to write a Requiem for the Unborn.
No matter what you think about this topic, I believe all people, regardless of their beliefs, deserve a way to heal. This work is precisely entitled to do that. I truly believe in the healing power of music. Many of my works are supposed to touch your soul in some positive way (I hope).
I was planning to use the same idea as Fauré and Duruflé regarding the setting of the text. In the end, I was able to complete just the Sanctus.
The idea was based, as in my first composition, in an ostinato and some “big open chords” as I called them. The central section includes four soloists.
I hope that through my music, you can find what you’re looking for.
- Juan Guerra González
National Choir of El Salvador
Ana Gertrudis Gómez, Soprano
Lorena Melgar, Mezzo-Sorapno
Mauricio Iglesias, Tenor
Marlon Acosta, Bass
Juan Guerra González, piano
Julio García Polanco, conductor.