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Faculty Book: Antoni Pizà, ed.

Antoni Pizà, ed.

J.B. Sancho: Pioneer composer of California, with audio CD
(Palma de Mallorca: Universitat de les Illes Balears, 2007)

Juan Bautista Sancho (1772 or 1776 — 1830) brought to California some of the first samples of eighteenth-century European music, including sacred plainchant, sacred polyphony, and opera excerpts and instrumental arrangements with basso continuo. He arrived in Mexico from his native Mallorca in 1803 and, in 1804, settled in Mission San Antonio, where he remained until his death. He co-wrote a curious Interrogatorio, reporting on the conditions of the natives, their social customs, their local flora, and even their music. He also compiled vocabularies of several of their languages. In addition to the essays (in English, Catalan, and Spanish) and the useful transcriptions, and a complete Thematic Catalog, this study includes a CD with an assortment of recordings including Misa de los Angeles and Misa en Sol, counted among Sancho’s best musical compositions. Antoni Pizà is director of the Foundation for Iberian Music, Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, and adjunct assistant professor of music at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 1, 2007

Category: Faculty Books, Music Ph.D. - D.M.A