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Music of Latin America: Musica Temprana

A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Spanish Colonial America.

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Musica Temprana's recent recordings of music from Spanish Colonial America.

There is a growing discography of Iberian and Spanish Colonial American music. The last few years have seen a welcome explosion of concerts and recordings that devote entire programs to an arguably special music. This is due, in part, to a number of ensembles now establishing themselves as specialists in the repertoire.

One European-based group has recently produced a couple of excellent recordings of baroque music from Latin America.

Musica Temprana hit the ground running in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. Led by their founder Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, they’ve so far released three recordings, of which the most recent on the Etcetera label exhibit a unique and flavorful approach.

Iyaî Jesucristo: Music from the Jesuit missions in 18th-century Bolivia (2009)

Avecillas sonoras: Villancicos from 18th-century Latin America (2008)

Here’s a video of the ensemble performing a piece live from their 2008 release—Jácara Oigan, escuchen, atiendan by Manuel Mesa y Carrizo:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-8H71qzSes

Here’s Musica Temprana performing a villancico “negro” Señora Doña María:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oykOdN6aaI0

There are more videos to be enjoyed on Musica Temprana’s Youtube page.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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