El corazón del mundo

Year of composition
Geoffrey Alvarez
Difficult (Grades 7+)
9 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

The poem El corazón del mundo is from Masque and Marriage, the third part of a five opera dream based on the 'Weltanschauung' of the Kogi of Colombia: The King's Last Prophecy.

There are two main sources: Los Kogi de La Sierra Nevada by Reichel Dolmatoff and The Heart of the World; the latter is both a documentary and a book by Alan Ereira. Alan Ereira notes the universal resonance of Kogi beliefs in his work cited above, finding echoes in other world religions: the Madrona, for instance, mentioned in the song, is the archetype of the Great Mother found in cultures as diverse as Ancient Mexico, Old Europe, India: the Virgin of the Catholic world.

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