Following the discovery of the Americas, the Roman Catholic Church was established there with incredible speed. Many of the Native Indians were part of highly sophisticated civilizations, & were very responsive to the new music.This disc showcases some of the treasures from this important era in history, & includes works sung in Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs). Works such as Padilla’s remarkable Missa Ego flos campi have elements of flowing polyphony from Old Spain combined with lively, often syncopated, phrases reflecting New Spain. The instrumentation on this disc is also mesmerizing—many different instruments were used extensively, including recorders, chirimias, cornetts, sackbuts & bajons, frequently used to double or replace voices.
Ex Cathedra directed by Jeffrey Skidmore. Hyperion, 2002. NB now out of print - last physical copy.
Anon. / trad. - Hanacpachap cussicuinin
Padilla - Missa Ego flos campi
Fernandes - Xicochi conetzintle
de Araujo - Los coflades de la estleya
Lobo - Versa est in luctum
Franco - Salve regina11
Anon. / trad. - Qhapaq eterno Dios
de Araujo - Ut queant laxis
Ziploi - Missa San Ignacio
de Zéspedes - Convidando esta la noche