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Spanish and Latin American Composers

Mexican Composers

In the 16th century, "conquistadores" – soldiers from Spain – sailed to Mexico, and took over the country from the Indigenous people who lived there. The Spanish brought their language, their religion, and their music to the place they called "Nueva España," or New Spain. Mexico became independent from Spain in the 19th century, but the music stayed, combined with African and Indigenous forms, and took on a life of its own.

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Music In This Episode

Danz??n #2
Deutsche Grammophon/Sim??n Bol?-var Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

3 Toritos: A que te reto (I dare you)
Urtext/Mary-Elizabeth Thomson, Alejandro Escuer, Leonardo Bejarano, flutes

Naxos/Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra/Gustavo Rivero Weber, conductor

La Noche de los Mayas: Noche de Jaranas (mvt. 2)
Sony/Los Angeles Philharmonic/Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Sinfon?-a ??ndia
Everest/The Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York/Carlos Ch??vez, conductor

Scherzo Mexicano
Yellow House Records/Laura Dean, piano

El Jarabe Tapat?-o (Mexican Hat Dance)
Vintage Music/Mariachi M?(C)xico de Pepe Villa

Sobre las Olas
Sony/Philharmonic of the Americas/Alondra de la Parra, conductor

Aufer a nobis iniquitates
Lindoro/Capella Prolationum/Ensemble La Danseye