Bailar Cantando: Fiesta Mestiza en el Perú
Codex Trujillo (ca.1780)
Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo
Alia Vox © 2018
The twenty pieces comprising the musical collection in the Codex Trujillo del Perú are an exceptional case in the history of the indigenous music of the New World. This collection of tonadas, cachuas, tonadillas, bayles,cachuytas and lanchas offers a glimpse of the repertory native to the traditions of the country, as indicated by the text of one of the cachuas sung “al uso de nuestra tierra” (“according to the customs of our land”) and in particular the songs and dances favoured by the popular classes who lived in the “Viceroyalty of Peru” at the end of the 18th century.
«No one listening to these sweetly elegant pieces would bother themselves with their historical context for long, so winning is their timeless South American spirit – a benign mixture of Spanish, Amerindian and African aesthetics … Savall’s orchestrations…sound just the part, as does the stylish singing, and although there isn’t any dancing it certainly isn’t hard to visualise some … it all sounds like a gently joyous occasion, like some long-remembered summer night under the stars. Irresistible» (Lindsay Kemp, in Gramophone).