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This book details Thatcher's encounters with Francisco Estévez Diaz—known to his friends and associates simply as "Paco"—an LDS composer from Spain, who, though deeply connected with the European avant–garde music of the 1970s and '80s, disappeared from the international radar in the latter part of his career. Through the efforts of the Mormon Artists Group and its director, Glen Nelson, Thatcher was invited to skip school for a week and travel to Spain to meet Estévez (now retired); gather as much information as possible about his life, career, and music; collect copies of all his available scores; and organize all of this into an authoritative bio–catalog on the composer. Thatcher's principal credentials for this daunting task, he modestly admits, are that he is himself an LDS composer, he speaks "mission" Spanish, and he was too inexperienced to know how impossible this project was likely to be. Thatcher was just young and naïve enough to give it a shot. The result is a triumph.