Finale: Orgullosa

Part 3

Christian soldiersAlthough by 1921 the revolution had mostly ended, Mexico was still a simmering cauldron of animosities, particularly relating to the role of the church.  In 1926, during the presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles, a popular uprising broke out against the government and in support of the church.  The rebels, known as Cristeros, were protesting against the various restrictions that had been placed on the church and its clergy.  The conflict, which lasted until 1929, became known as the Cristero War.

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Preciosa

Part 2

Unlike its neighbor to the north, Mexico had at least three revolutions, with the church-state divide playing a strong part in all three.  The first revolution (1810-1821) was to throw off the colonial yoke of Spain.  It is formally known as the War of Independence and established the First Mexican Empire (1821) followed by the First Mexican Republic (1823).  The conflict was mired in the complexities of land ownership, birth (in Spain or in Mexico), miscegenation, and the church.

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Altanera

Part 1

One of the Cowboy’s favorite songs was written by a man named Rubén Fuentes, a composer, arranger, producer and director of that most famous of Mexican folk music ensembles – Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.  Fuentes composed many of the most famous songs that one associates with mariachi music.  If you question the pedigree of a mariachi group, take note of the fact that Mariachi Vargas was formed in 1897, and Fuentes joined the group in 1944.  Fuentes is still artistic director.

José Luis Castillejos did a nice write-up on the song and its unusual history.  I’ll give you the link to his site later.  The first story goes like this:

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Cowboy Sol

One of the Cowboy’s earliest and deepest memories – a recurring theme that has played throughout the Cowboy’s life – is a piece of music by the Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo.

The Cowboy has much to say about this piece, but for the moment, let’s just focus on the bridge.

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