Informational website of the Neocatechumenal Way Symphonic Orchestra
with details about his work, compositions and performances
Francisco-José Gómez de Argüello Wirtz (Kiko Arguello), was born in Leon, Spain on January 9th, 1939. He studied Fine Arts in the Academy of San Fernando of Madrid receiving the title of Professor of Painting and Design. In 1959 he received the Extraordinary National Prize for Painting.
After a deep existential crisis, a serious conversion happened inside of him which brings him to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ and the Church. In 1960, with the sculptor Coomontes and the Glass Artist Muñoz de Pablos, he founded a group of research and development of Sacred Art named “Gremio 62”. With this group he made exhibits in Madrid (National Library), and represents Spain, being named by the Department of Cultural Affairs, in the Universal Exhibit of Sacred Art in Royan (France) in 1960. In these same dates Kiko exhibited some of his works in Rolanda (Galena “Nouvelles images”).
Convinced that Christ was present in the suffering of the Last Ones of the earth, in 1964 he went to live amongst the poorest, moving into a shanty made out of wood in Palomeras Altas, in the suburbs of Madrid. Later, Kiko met Carmen Hernandez and, driven by the environment of the poor, they saw themselves forced to find a form of preaching, a kerygmatic-catechetical synthesis, which gave birth to the formation of a small Christian community.
The first community was thus born amongst the poor. This community in which was made visible the love of Christ crucified, became a “seed” which, thanks to the then Archbishop of Madrid, Mons. Casimiro Morcillo, was planted in the parishes of Madrid and later on in Rome and other nations. In contact with the parishes of different cultural environments, little by little a way of adult Christian formation was outlined which discovers and recovers the richness of Baptism. Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernandez and the Italian priest Rev. Mario Pezzi, are today the responsible at the international level for the Neocatechumenal Way, which is present in 101 nations in the 5 continents. Kiko Argüello has been invited in numerous occasions by John Paul II as well as Benedict XVI to participate to the Synod of Bishops for the Catholic Church as auditors since 1999. In 2009 he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Pontfical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family , an institution that has its center in the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 2011 he was named consultor of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, founded by Benedict XVI in 2010 to bring about the evangelization of countries with ancient Christian roots which are most a ected by the phenomenon of secularization.
The pastoral renewal which little by little has been brought on in various parishes through the Neocatechumenal Way, has inspired other charisms which have been concretized into instruments at the service of the new evangelization, such as Itinerant Catechists, Missionary Seminaries “Redemptoris Mater”, Families in Mission, Missio ad Gentes, Communities in Mission, which have converted the Neocatechumenal Way into – we can say – an ecclesial vanguard for the announcement of the gospel. In the same way channels of esthetic renewal have been developed (music, painting, architecture, glass-art-work, signs and liturgical ornaments) which are able to express and revive the contents of Christian faith in today’s man.
In this way the songbook “Resucitó” appeared, with around 300 songs for the liturgy that today are sung in all languages in the Church of the world, some of which were included in records already in the 1970’s and others were recently recorded such as “Maria, Piccola Maria” (Italy, 1992) or “Maria, Paloma Incorrupta” (Spain, 2010).
ROME: Paul VI Hall (Nervi Hall), Vatican City, before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in an Audience with the Neocatechumenal Communities. January 21st, 2012
USA Tour: “A Symphonic Homage and Prayer” (http://www.sufferingoftheinnocents.com/) series of concerts for the Jewish and Catholic communities, in selected USA cities:
JAPAN: Concerts “in memoriam” for the 2011 Tsunami victims, in selected Japan cities:
ROME: Paul VI Hall (Nervi Hall), Vatican City, concert/celebration belonging to the acts of the Jubilee of Mercy 2016, presided by Cardinal Paul J. Cordes, for Holy See dignataries, foreign ambassadors and general public. October 7th, 2016.
ISRAEL: Aula Magna, Domus Galilaeae (Korazim, Israel), concert for 400 Jewish Rabbis of the whole world, Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and dignitaries of the State of Israel. May 2nd, 2017
TRIESTE: Piazza Unità d’Italia, Trieste, memorial concert honoring victims of the Shoah organized by the Diocese, Town Hall and Jewish Community of Trieste. June 25th, 2017
SORIA: Concatedral de San Pedro, Soria, concert in memoriam Carmen Hernandez (http://soriaconcierto.es/), in the Jubilee Year granted by Pope Francis to the Claire Sisters from Soria. Presided by the Bishop of Soria, attended by civil and religious personalities and more than 4000 people. May 27th, 2018
BERLIN: Berliner Philharmoniker Hall, Berlin, concert in memoriam of the victims of the Shoah. Presided by the Bishop of Berlin, for diplomatic, religioous and jewish world personalities. June 10th, 2018
Madrid: Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Honoris Causa doctorate ceremony for David Rosen and Kiko Arguello, a reduced version of the Symphony was performed by string quartet, piano and choir. October 25th, 2021 https://vimeo.com/618762696#t=5585s
Roma: Basilica San Paolo Fuori la mura, Roma, Presentation of the book “Carmen Hernandez, Biographic Notes”. November 29th, 2021 https://youtu.be/vtPLc0Zn2Go?t=8380
The suffering of the innocents ... The philosopher Sartre said: "Woe to the man whom the finger of God crushes against the wall," and Nietzsche: "If God exists and does not help those who suffer, he is a monster, and if he cannot help them, he is not God, he does not exist."
To be crushed against the wall. Men lying on the street, dying of cold. Children abandoned and housed in horrific orphanages, where they suffer violence and are abused. That woman, whom I met in that neighborhood, suffering from Parkinson's disease, abandoned by her husband, whose mentally-ill son beat her with a stick, and was begging for alms. I was overwhelmed in front of Jesus dead on the Cross, present there, in that woman and so many others ... What a mystery the suffering of so many innocents who bear the sins of others, incest, a violence unheard of, the line of naked women and children going towards the gas chamber, and the deep pain of one of the guards who, from within his heart, heard a voice: "Get in line with them and go with them to die; "and he did not know where this voice came from ... It is said that after the Horror of Auschwitz, it is no longer possible to believe in God. No! It is not true!
In this small work, the Virgin Mary presents herself submitted to the scandal of the suffering of the innocents in her own flesh, in the flesh of her son. "Oh, Such Pain!" sings a voice while a sword pierces her soul.
We would like to contemplate and sustain the Virgin who accepts the sword which, according to the prophet Ezekiel, God had prepared for the sins of his people, which now pierces the soul of this poor woman!
Maria, we shall sing with you "Shema Israel" together with all the Hebrew mothers, whom as you did, have seen their own children die. Let all of us sing.
The symphony consists of five movements.
The first movement was called “Getsemaní” (Gethsemane), which was the name of the garden where Our Lord Jesus Christ went to pray and he fought a terrible battle, because he had to prepare to give his life for all the men over the earth. There, full of fear, he says to his Father: “Abba! If it is not possible for this chalice to pass without drinking it, then may your will be done.” Hiis suffering was so terrible that God sent him an angel to support him. That is why, in the middle of this first movement, the female violinists stand up and play, symbolizing the arrival of the angel. Later, a snare drum cadenza indicate the soldiers with Judas the traitor are coming, to seize him, torture him and crucify him. And the movement ends with the choir singing “Abba! Father! “, Which means that Christ accepts to be tortured and crucified by all the mankind.
The second movement is called “Lamento” (Lament). I invite you to contemplate the Virgin, under the cross of her Son, feeling a deep pain. You will hear a harp, symbolizing the tears of the Virgin Mary.
The third movement is called “Perdónales” (Forgive them). I invite you to contemplate a crucified, suffering Jesuschrist, who cries out to the Father: “Forgive them!”, asking for forgiveness for all men. For this reason a tenor will sing “Perdónales!” towards the end of the movement.
The fourth movement is called “La Espada” (The Sword). This “sword” is important, since the prophet Ezekiel sees that his people have committed many sins, from incest, violence, usury, murder, and God says to the prophet: “Prophesy a sword that will fall on them.” This sword is not a punishment of God, it is the product of their wickedness, because God had told them not to ally with Egypt, and they have not obeyed. They did not want to obey God, and that is why King Nebuchadnezzar, irritated against this people, has surrounded Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and through this “sword” the blood now flows throughout the city. This prophecy is completely true for us today. Nearly 70 years have passed since two world wars that have caused 60 million deaths, with 6 million Jews killed in concentration camps, two atomic bombs dropped on Japan: Hiroshima and Nagasaki … Then this “sword”, present in our society by the sins of men, has been accepted by the Virgin Mary to save us, and for this reason the Gospel says that “a sword pierced the soul of the Virgin”, when she is under the cross. Another aspect of this “sword” are natural disasters, earthquakes, the tsunami, the Fukusima nuclear power plant. Why this? Is it a punishment from God because of our sins? They ask Jesus Christ, when an earthquake caused a tower to collapse, and they all died: “Why this? Is it because they have been sinners, some wicked, and God punishes them?” And Christ says: “No. It is not because of their sins. Do you think you are better than these men? No, I tell you.” This is a word that calls all men to conversion, to turn to God. With these facts that have happened in Japan, God is speaking to all mankind. I say we should all rethink our life, all based on pleasure, money and pride. It is a word of help for us, to discover that our life is precarious, that we can die at any moment.
Finally, the fifth movement is called “Resurrexit”, because Christ, who died for all men, God has raised him from the death, and we are announcing to the whole world the resurrection, the victory over death. Christians do not die, and also for you it is the hope of resurrection and eternal life, eternal happiness in Heaven.
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|Violin I||Violin II|
|Vanessa Alfaro (concertmaster)||Virginia Leon (leader)|
|Saul Suarez Lobo (2nd concertmaster)||Inmaculada Martin (principal)|
|Saray Prados Bravo||Clara Perez Meroño (principal)|
|Daniel Hernando Vicario||Sara Vega Moreno|
|David Urdiales del Campo||Raquel Hernando Romero|
|Sofia Carmona Hernando||Irene Gonzalez Fernandez|
|Ignacio Prats Arolas||Agatha Frysz|
|Janez Bokavsek||Marien Rubio Aldehuela|
|David Marzoli||Mateo Tuñon Granda|
|David Garcia-Amado||Maria di Giandomenico|
|Giulia Sciancalepore||Paula Rivas Cheliz|
|Zuzana Jurczak||Peter Gajdoš|
|Lorenzo Morelli||Tomas Michael Hanus|
|Ines Gomez Segui||Judita Gajdošová|
|Esteban Turiel Pascual||Nuno Chagas|
|Gregor Dietrich||Isabel Robles Gaitero|
|Gabriele Croci (principal)||Maria Laura Zingarelli (principal)|
|Luigi Moccia (principal)||Elias Leceta (principal)|
|Jorge Gallardo Suarez||Jesus Vazquez Lopez|
|Maria Asensio Nogueira||Miriam Rivera Salmeron|
|Maurizio Fortuna||Pedro Hernandez Garriga|
|Renato Notaro||Miguel Gonzalez Fernandez|
|Giovanni Petrella||Andrea Vega Moreno|
|Davide Vinciguerra||Ana Maria Morales Tent|
|Juan Urdiales del Campo||Maria Suarez Lopez|
|Ana Benito||Riccardo Paladin|
|Ignacio perez Meroño||Giovanni Loiudice|
|Maria Chara Moccia||Maria Paolicelli|
|Antonio Sciancalepore (principal)|
|Marta Franco Latorre (principal)|
|Abel Ivars Morales (principal)|
|Ana Gonzalez Fernandez|
|Irene Rodriguez Valles|
|Jesus Manzanares Romero|
|Samuel Robles Gaitero|
|Pablo Martinez Adan|
|Harp and Piano||Guitars|
|Carmen Escobar (Harp, principal)||Daniel Garcia Garcia (principal)|
|Franca Parenti (Harp)||Luis M. Fernandez (principal)|
|Claudio Carbo Montaner (Piano, principal)||Maria Victoria Gorostiza|
|Jesus Gomez Madrigal (Piano)||Alfonso V. Carrascosa|
|Juan Pablo Garcia Serrano|
|Ana Cheliz de Lucio|
|Diego Sanchez Alcolea (baroque lute & arch-lute)|
|Fulvio Marchesin (bass)|
|Salvador Carbo Muntaner (bass)|
|Alberto Esteban Rojo (principal)||Lucia Valles Rodriguez (principal)|
|Ilona Hofmanova (principal)||Miriam Aguilar Cornejo (principal)|
|Jesus Cortes Pendon||Tomeu Gili Mulet|
|Maria Urdiales del Campo||Debora Marquez Serrano|
|Juan Soto Alvaredo (principal)||Manuel Aguilo Furio (principal)|
|Hector J. Hurtado Salazar (principal)||Mauro di Carlo|
|Israel Fernandez Granados||Julia Valles Rodriguez|
|Maria Sanchez del Solar (Bass cl.)|
|Maria Jose Ruiz Cabello (principal)||Sergio Rodriguez Herrero (principal)|
|Maria Olivera Rodriguez (principal)||Gabriel Rivera Salmeron (principal)|
|Luis M. Orviz|
|Zoilo Ballester Gutierrez||Samuele Mammano|
|Riccardo Lorenti||Samuel Ballester Gutierrez|
|Miguel Rivera Salmeron||David Olivera Rodriguez (principal)|
|Jesus Gomez Madrigal||Paolo Alfieri (Bombardino)|
|Matteo Pietropaolo (timpani)|
|Peter Istvan Heb|
|Paula Serrano Arviza|