"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.

I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get the most joy in life out of music."

~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mexican Baroque (Chanticleer)

I'll never forget the first time I heard Chanticleer. I was walking along near Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco, a new grad student in the Bay Area back in 1978. There my roommate and I came upon this group of people in Renaissance garb singing beautiful Renaissance music acapella on the street. Since that day I always take notice when Chanticleer is mentioned. I was especially intrigued when I heard about the recording they did back in 1995 on Mexican Baroque. I got the CD and was introduced for the first time to baroque music from the New World. Here is the quote from the liner notes:

"This extraordinary album reflects the musical sophistication of Ignacio de Jerusalem and Manuel de Zumaya, two significant composers in Mexico during the 18th century. This glorious music was widely performed throughout "New Spain," from Guatemala in the south to California missions in the north. Chanticleer is joined by the Chanticleer Sinfonia, conducted by Joseph Jennings."

Enjoy the following selection, "Responsorio Segundo de S.S. Jose" (2nd Responsory for St. Joseph).

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