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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Missionary Baroque

Andrea Pozzo, Allegory of the Missionary Work of the Jesuits
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The so-called Missionary Baroque is the musical repertoire once played in the Jesuit Missions from Latin America. They had a very short history on that continent, as the Jesuits were suddenly suppressed in 1767 (by Pope Clement XIII) and forced to leave. The musical manuscripts remained in the former missions, to be recently re-discovered: in 2001 thousands of musical scores were found in Southern Bolivia (in Chiquitos and Moxos).

Sonata en trío (Anónimo, S. XVIII)
(two violins and basso continuo)
Archivo Musical de Chiquitos (AMCh), Bolivia
(video by Belarmo)

(Old Masters)


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