Testimonies

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Chacabuco’s Soul (Alma de Chacabuco)

Author:
Ángel Parra
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November - December 1973
« This is the original version of a composition by Ángel Parra at Chacabuco, exactly as it was secretly recorded at the prison camp during his farewell concert. The composer’s voice can be heard. »
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Published on: 15 January 2015


Christmas Oratorio According to St. Luke (Oratorio de Navidad según San Lucas)

Author:
Ángel Parra
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
« This is the first song on the cassette recorded at Chacabuco camp by the group Los de Chacabuco, created by Ángel Parra and directed by him until his release. At the time the cassette was recorded, Ángel had been freed and Ernesto Parra had become the group’s director. »
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Published on: 12 November 2015


Couplets from El Yopo (Coplas de El Yopo)

Author:
Unknown. Traditional Venezuelan song. Popularised in Chile by Isabel and Ángel Parra
Testimony by:
Carlos Muñoz
« A comrade whose last name was Saavedra (if I recall correctly) passionately sung this song. Typical of popular cultural traditions, this song earned him the nickname of ‘El Yopo’ (also ‘chopo’). The song was familiar in Chile, as sung by Ángel and Isabel Parra, who called it 'Décimas del folklore venezolano' or 'Coplas Venezolanas'. »
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Published on: 09 July 2015


Creole Mass – Gloria (Misa criolla - Gloria)

Author:
Ariel Ramírez
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November – December 1973
« As far as I remember (and there may be other versions) the "Los de Chacabuco" group was founded by Ángel Parra in response to a request by the Army chaplain Varela, who asked for assistance for the Mass he celebrated for both prisoners and soldiers. »
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Published on: 12 January 2015


Dona Nobis Pacem

Author:
text from Agnus Dei (Roman Catholic Mass); music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Testimony by:
Lucía Chirinos
Place & date:
« Music was always present in my family. My dad played the violin and my mum the piano. When I was a child, my mum sent us to dance and piano lessons. I also learnt at the Evangelical Church and sang on the radio. My husband Mario played the guitar very well and had a wonderful tenor voice. »
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Published on: 25 September 2016


Dreams of my Imprisonment (Sueños de mi encierro)

Author:
Mario Patricio Cordero Cedraschi
Testimony by:
Mario Patricio Cordero Cedraschi
Place & date:
Cárcel de Valparaíso, winter of 1975
« I’d spent two years in prison and there was no end in sight for my time in jail. I observed during visiting hours that many prisoners had children, a wife, family; in my case, however, having been arrested so young, just turned 19, I felt a growing concern that I’d die without bearing children, and never experience this wonderful human feeling. »
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Published on: 23 December 2014


Errant Wind (Viento errante)

Author:
Patricio Hermosilla Vives
Testimony by:
Patricio Hermosilla Vives
Place & date:
« At last in the Chacabuco Concentration Camp, after three days aboard the "Policarpo Toro" (a navy war barge whose destination since setting sail from Valparaíso in December 1973 was always marked by uncertainty, and not about when and where we would dock, but how we would fall overboard), I felt that death had decided to take a step back and watch from me from a little further away. »
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Published on: 12 January 2015


Everything Changes (Todo cambia)

Author:
Julio Numhauser
Testimony by:
Carolina Videla
Place & date:
« My guitar accompanied me during all the time I was deprived of freedom. It was like a magnet. In the afternoon we would sing and play in the courtyard. »
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Published on: 26 September 2018


Far Away (Tamo daleko)

Author:
Djordje Marinkovic. Chilean adaptation of traditional Serbian song, originally composed in 1916.
Testimony by:
Miguel Lawner
Place & date:
« Baldovino invites Daniel to lead the choir in a song. ‘El Negro Ruiz’ (*) as he is amicably known, has been his whole life a radio man, and now he never lets go of a small tape recorder he keeps in his left hand. »
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Published on: 12 January 2015


Far Away (Tamo daleko)

Author:
Djordje Marinkovic. Chilean adaptation of traditional Serbian song, originally composed in 1916.
Testimony by:
Jorge Grez Leuquén
« Working as a documentary film-maker for some years, I recorded the stories of some prisoners in dictatorship. It was in some of these sessions that the song 'Tamo Daleko' reappeared; it had been sung numerous times on Dawson Island. This is a humble contribution from the south of the south. »
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Published on: 12 August 2015