FOLLOWING THE MUSICAL DIARY OF SUMAYA
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About the Event
Manuel de Zumaya (1678 – 1755) was perhaps the most famous Mexican composer of the colonial period of New Spain. His music was the culmination of the Baroque style in the New World. He was the first person in the western hemisphere to compose an Italian-texted opera, entitled Partenope.
In the Chapter Acts of the Cathedral of Mexico Sumaya, when he was organist and choir assistant, he is not mentioned between February 12, 1700 and February 28, 1708. Sumaya's possible trip to Italy may have occurred, this hypothesis is reinforced by the complete absence of news about Sumaya in the Cathedral of Mexico in that period, its reappearance in 1708 composing theatrical music for the Royal Palace of Mexico and the innovations present in the immediately subsequent compositions preserved in the Estrada Fund. On the other hand, it is known that precisely in 1708 the drama El Rodrigo was performed in the Royal Palace of Mexico to commemorate the birth of Prince Luis Fernando, with music by Sumaya and printed libretto, today is lost. The work was classified as melodrama.