ECUADOR

Composer: Casiodoro Cardenas

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Arranger: Raquel Mora Martínez

Raquel Martinez (b. January 17, 1940) is a well-known composer and arranger of Hispanic songs and hymns. She has degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and Perkins School of Theology and the School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. She served as editor of the official United Methodist hymnal, Mil Voces Para Celebrar (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996). --www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/hymn-studies/ Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Casiodoro Cardenas (1979)
Arranger: Raquel Mora Martínez (1979)
Meter: Irregular
Key: d minor
Copyright: Arr. © 1979 Raquel Mora Martínez

Notes

ECUADOR, composed by Cardenas, consists of four musical phrases repeated and combined in various ways. The tune was arranged by Raquel Mora Martinez (b. Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, 1940) for Celebremos; she served on the editorial committee that prepared that collection of Hispanic songs and also supervised the revision of Himmnario Metodista (1973), both United Methodist publications. Martinez, a church musician and editor for Word, Inc., received a B.A. in music education from the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas, and a Master of Sacred Music degree from the Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas. She also studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

This music shares characteristics with the sanjuanito dance found in Ecuador (thus the tune title) and has the infectious rhythms common to other Latin dances such as the rumba, samba, and conga. ECUADOR is intended for unison singing, for keyboard (preferably piano or organ without pedals), and guitar. Hand clapping and ostinati on Orff instruments can be improvised in addition to the given percussion patterns.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

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