Deep-fried burrito
For bass or baritone and piano

Brian Harman
Brian Harman
Composition Date: 2007
Genre: Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Baritone
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Programme Note:
A specialty dish of Sonora, Mexico, the chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito with an interesting tale.

According to legend, a waitress in a Mexican restaurant had left a leftover burrito sitting on the counter, and Flin, the owner and cook, accidentally dropped it into the deep fryer. She was about to say "¡Ay, chingado!" (a curse word), but her young nieces and nephews were present, so she censored herself and said "¡Ay, chi... michanga!" instead. When she sampled the result of her mistake, she liked it so much she decided to name it after her outburst and put it on the menu.

Inspired by this story, Deep-Fried Burrito also plays with language and expression. Initially, the vocalist is unable to utter complete words or complete musical ideas, but as the piece progresses, he gains confidence in his singing abilities and the ability to express himself, and is finally able communicate the name and ingredients of this Mexican dish.

Musically, the piece is also inspired by Norteño, a style of music that originated in the same region of Northern Mexico, exploding in popularity in the 1950s. Its insistent and regular on-/off-beat rhythm, flowing lyrical melodies and simple harmonic support find their way into this short piece as building blocks for musical composition.

Commissioned by: Pazzia Contemporary Performing Collective

Premiere Information:
24/06/2007, Fringe Festival Montreal, Montreal; Pazzia Contemporary Performing Collective Chris Ryan, bass-baritone Marc Weiser, piano Presented by the Fringe Festival, Montreal Conductor: Kelly Lovelady


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1101 H2875de
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 7, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (7 p.) ;
    7 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Bass and piano or Baritone and piano
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