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Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

A novel is not written to explain a culture, it creates its own.


Rudolfo Anaya, 1992 (Copyright Marion Ettlinger)

From Corridos: "El Arreglo Religioso Pts. 1 and 2" by Cancioneros de Sonora and "El Minero" by Macario and F. Gonzalez. Folkways Records and Service Corp.; FW06913, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Copyright 1966. Used by permission.

Excerpts from "Missa Luba" arranged by Father Guido Haazen with Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin and excerpts from "Misa Criolla" written by Ariel Ramírez, performed by The Choral Arts Society of Washington (DC), Joseph Holt, conductor, from the 2006 CD Celebrating Sacred Rhythms, used courtesy of Naxos USA.

"Missa Luba" by Guido Haazen. INTERSONG PRIMAVERA EDITIONS MUSICALES N.V. (SABAM). All rights administered by UNICHAPPELL MUSIC, INC.

"Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramírez. WB MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP).

Original instrumental guitar and harmonica by Clint Hoover and Pat Donohue.

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007.

Passages from BLESS ME, ULTIMA; BENDÍCEME, ULTIMA. Copyright © 1972 by Rudolfo Anaya in English, © 1992 in Spanish. Published by Warner Books in 1994. First published by TQS Publications, Berkeley, CA. By permission of the Author and Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York City and Lamy, NM. All rights reserved. Unabridged audio of BLESS ME, ULTIMA and BENDÍCEME, ULTIMA are available from Recorded Books

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