Dear Common Readers,
“Madre, la de los primores” is the only known remaining musical composition by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. You can listen to parts of it here. Since then a lot of artists have set Sor Juana’s poetry to music.
Now you have to hear this amazing version of Sor Juana’s Redondilla 92 (“Hombres Necios”) set to reggaeton music by Nelly and DJ Andrés Rosado!
If you prefer something more traditional, the early music classical ensemble Favola in Musica set Sor Juana’s poems to music by Spanish American Baroque composers of her own historical era. “Escuchad Dos Sacrisantes” pairs Sor Juana’s poetry with music by composer Manuel de Mesa y Roque Ceruti.
Mexican classical tenor Arturo Escorza Pedraza performs a traditional version of “Ah de las mazmorras” which features lyrics by Sor Juana set to music by an anonymous Spanish American Baroque composer.
For something more experimental, try these versions of Sor Juana’s poems “Détente, sombra de mi bien esquivo” and “Afuera, afuera ansias mias” by the Canadian ensemble Constantinople. They set Sor Juana’s poetry to music that fuses the bass lines of works by Spanish American Baroque composers with their own original melodies and instrumentation. The results are beautiful.
Your sister reader,