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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 heard in this episode:

Francisco López Capillas: Aufer a nobis iniquitates
Lindoro/Capella Prolationum/Ensemble La Danseye

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

Jesús González Rubio: El Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance)
Vintage Music/Mariachi México de Pepe Villa

Manuel Ponce: Scherzo Mexicano
Yellow House Records/Laura Dean, piano

Carlos Chavez: Sinfonía Índia
Everest/The Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York/Carlos Chávez, conductor

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

José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango
Naxos/Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra/Gustavo Rivero Weber, conductor

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

Arturo Márquez: Danzón #2
Deutsche Grammophon/Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

More shows about Spanish and Latin American Composers

Classical Music In Spain
The Spanish Sound
More Latin American Composers

Learn more about Spanish and Latin American Composers | This is an Activity Sheet available

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

The music of Mexico was flavored by:

 Indigenous cultures

 European colonizers

 Enslaved people from Africa

 All of the above

A mariachi band might feature:

 Violins, trumpets, and guitars

 Players also singing in harmony

 Fancy traditional dress

 All of the above

Gabriela Ortiz honored her Mexican and Latin American folk music roots with compositions like:

 Trés Toritos/Three Little Bulls

 Danzón #2

 La Cuenta Atrás Final/The Final Countdown

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

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.

This is a transcript of this show available

Music heard in this episode:

Francisco López Capillas: Aufer a nobis iniquitates
Lindoro/Capella Prolationum/Ensemble La Danseye

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

Jesús González Rubio: El Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance)
Vintage Music/Mariachi México de Pepe Villa

Manuel Ponce: Scherzo Mexicano
Yellow House Records/Laura Dean, piano

Carlos Chavez: Sinfonía Índia
Everest/The Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York/Carlos Chávez, conductor

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

José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango
Naxos/Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra/Gustavo Rivero Weber, conductor

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

Arturo Márquez: Danzón #2
Deutsche Grammophon/Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

More shows about Spanish and Latin American Composers

Classical Music In Spain
The Spanish Sound
More Latin American Composers

Learn more about Spanish and Latin American Composers | This is an Activity Sheet available

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

The music of Mexico was flavored by:

 Indigenous cultures

 European colonizers

 Enslaved people from Africa

 All of the above

A mariachi band might feature:

 Violins, trumpets, and guitars

 Players also singing in harmony

 Fancy traditional dress

 All of the above

Gabriela Ortiz honored her Mexican and Latin American folk music roots with compositions like:

 Trés Toritos/Three Little Bulls

 Danzón #2

 La Cuenta Atrás Final/The Final Countdown