Porque él entró en el mundo

Porque él entró en el mundo (‘Tenemos Esperanza’). Federico José Pagura* (1923-2016).  Written in 1979, this hymn first appeared in Cancionero Abierto (‘Open Songbook’) (six editions between 1974-1994) edited by Argentinian Methodist pastor and composer Pablo Sosa*. For many within the church, the hymn is known by its refrain ‘Tenemos Esperanza’ (‘We have hope’).  This is the third of three ‘Porque’ (‘Because’) hymns authored by Pagura with music by the then young Uruguayan composer Homero Perera (b. 1939), who had come from Montevideo to Buenos Aires for study in 1958. They are distinctive not only for their prophetic texts, but also for music that drew upon Argentine folk forms. Pagura...

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