Ministriles Novohispanos

La Danserye publishes its first compact disc dedicated to “Ministriles Novohispanos” (Wind Bands of the New World), a monographic CD with works from the Choirbook XIX (MS 19) of Puebla de los Ángeles (México)

The presence of “ministriles” (wind bands) of European origin in the Viceroyalty of New Spain dates back to the arrival of Hernán Cortés. It is documented in the chronicle of Cristobal de Pedraza (Honduras bishop) that Cortés used to bring wind band ensembles in his expeditions. In 1524, Cortés arrived to the present territory of Honduras during an expedition, accompanied by 300 soldiers and 5 “ministriles”, who played shawms, sackbuts and “dulzainas”. Since the arrival of Spanish expeditions to the New World, the wind bands groups were part of the new musical chapels, created in the image and likeness of the Spanish, with some differences originated by the implementation of these new chapels in the New World.

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