Mexicans, to the tumult of war cries
Make ready your horse and your sword!
Let the earth to its core quake and tremble,
At the cannons that rumble and roar. .
Ever since famed Soprano Henriette Sontag first sang these lines in 1854 at a gala premiere arranged by Mexico's flamboyant Dictator Santa Anna, Mexicans have sung them as their national anthem. But the man who composed the rather operatic music to which they are sung was practically unknown. His name was Jaime Nuño.
Nuño, a Spanish bandmaster, was brought to the Mexican capital by Santa...