Jared Isaac Aragón writes:
Los Hermanos Penitentes are a Catholic Brotherhood active in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. They are most known for their rituals practiced in secret. However, during Holy Week they practice their rites out for others to witness.
I grew up hearing stories of Los Penitentes from my grandmother. It seems that nowadays they are slowly beginning to open up about their order and their rites.
I took two main ideas as the basis of this composition: fragments of alabados and alabanzas, the sacred songs sung by Los Penitentes as well as small motifs that I thought were reminiscent of birdsong. I never fully quote any alabado or alabanza, but stitch together small motifs from various ones to create my musical lines.
Full score and part included.