Francisco Diago (b. 1867, Popayan, Colombia, 1867 -1945) was a very prominent lawyer, poet and musician, who at the highest point of his career in law, during the late 1910s, was appointed as magistrate at Colombia’s Supreme Court. However, nowadays he is mainly known for his beautiful bambuco sureño titled El Sotareño (Man from Sotará), composed around 1928. Sotará is the name of a high volcano and also identifies a small municipality perched over the steep mountains of the southwestern department of Cauca. The piece is considered Cauca’s unofficial regional anthem, and is easily identifiable due to its graciously syncopated melody that goes from a minor key at the beginning to major key in the contrasting section.
Works for Winds
Program Note by the Javeriana University Symphonic Band