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The Music Room => Composer Discussion => Topic started by: arkiv on April 14, 2014, 02:53:58 PM

Title: Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1755)
Post by: arkiv on April 14, 2014, 02:53:58 PM
Manuel de Sumaya (c. 1678 – 1755) was a Mexican composer of the colonial period of New Spain. His music was the culmination of the Baroque style in the New World. He was the first person in the western hemisphere to compose an Italian-texted opera, entitled Partenope (now lost).

The villancico developed as a secular polyphonic genre until religious villancicos gained popularity in the second half of the 16th century in Spain and its colonies in Latin America. These devotional villancicos, which were sung during matins of the feasts of the Catholic calendar, became extremely popular in the 17th century and continued in popularity until the decline of the genre in the 18th and 19th centuries.