Quito, Blown by the Wind

Tenor and piano with SSABarB


Lyric by: Peter Wesley-Smith
Music by: Martin Wesley-Smith

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This song comes from a 45 minute piece for six singers, keyboard, and CD-ROM called Quito. The CD-ROM provides musical – and, on a screen above the singer’s heads – visual accompaniment. Originally a music theatre piece, then a radiophonic piece, Quito was written for the Song Company. Quito is about a young East Timorese man, Francisco Baptista Pires, nicknamed Quito, who lived and died in Darwin, Australia. He suffered from schizophrenia. The piece explores his life as a metaphor for the tragic situation in East Timor between 1975 and 1999.

Quito Blown by the Wind

Tenor and piano with SSABarB