Nicaragua: Rubén Darío at 146

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January
2013

In celebration of the 146th anniversary of Rubén Darío‘s birth, here is a photo of one of the many monuments found in Nicaragua that honor its native son.

Monumento á Rubén Darío, Managua (photo: Bernard Gordillo)

Carlos Ramírez Velásquez composed a work for the inauguration of the above monument during the early 1930s, in which he set to music the “Hymn to Rubén Darío” by Dr. Manuel Maldonado.

Ramírez recounts the event in one of his recollections.

This hymn was premiered at Managua’s Darío Park, during Mr. Porfirio Pérez Urbina’s tenure as Minister of the District, under President Juan Bautista Sacasa. One-thousand voices (more or less) sang, prepared by director Manuel Zúñiga Gaitán. Thirty professors formed the orchestra. Dr. Manuel Maldonado, writer of the text of this hymn, recited his beautiful work atop the Darío Monument. This was followed by the voices and orchestra presenting the hymn to an enormous audience. The “Himno al Distrito” by Luis Abraham Delgadillo was also performed.

Here is Dr. Maldonado’s poem in the original Spanish.

Cuando el enorme Panida rompió su ligaduras terrenas
Al llegar a la altura la musa Urania le habló así: Rubén…
Soy Urania la musa del cielo, yo soy la que viene envuelta
En un velo bordado de estrellas y azul como el mar
Yo tengo unos áureos y sacros vergeles, corta en ellos mirtos,
Rosas y laureles y nimbe tu frente mi luz sideral.
La muerte que ha roto las cuerdas sonoras  de tu lira excelsa
Enlutó las horas del mundo que ya no escucha tu voz.
Y hoy que en mis dominios, que en mis orfeones tu garganta ensayas
Sigan tus canciones resonando al ritmo de tu corazón.
Y puesto que soy la musa del cielo mientras mis hermanas
Se visten de duelo porque se suponen extinguido ya;
Yo quiero ofrecerte mis sacros jardines, corta en ellos dalias,
Lirios y jazmines y nimbe tu frente mi luz sideral.

More: Biography of Rubén Darío (Wikipedia)

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