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American Colonial Music: a sample of its documentary richness

Documentary heritage submitted by Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Peru and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2007.

The documentary collections of music from the 16th to the 18th century from different countries of the American continent are an essential part of the cultural history of the New World in all aspects: religious and lay, civil and political, cultural and popular, vocal and instrumental, mystic and dramatic, renaissance, baroque and classic. They constitute the testimony of different cultures (Indigenous, African and European) which mixed and gave birth, to a new culture, not completely western, nor Hispanic, nor purely American, for three centuries.

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