51 years ago marked the first celebration of what is now known as Hispanic Heritage Month. Running from September 15 to October 15, around the independence day anniversaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the “histories, cultures, and contributions” of Hispanic people and groups to the world. To mark this occasion, we went through and selected works from our catalog that represent both Hispanic music and the people who have created it.
In Cuba, while political situations have created instability and tension over the years, music has remained a constant source of connection and joy. From the rhythms of the tres to the rich textures of vocal ensembles, one listen and you are captivated in the most welcoming, open-armed sense.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates those who have made contributions to the betterment of society and culture, and what better way to make these contributions than through the arts? Giovanni Piacentini celebrates art in various forms with Los Murmullos off his album BETWEEN WORLDS. The piece is inspired by Mexican writer Juan Rulfo’s “Pedro Paramo,” a hauntingly intriguing story of tyranny and loneliness in a Mexican ghost town.
Candombe is a Uruguayan dance and music which originated from African slaves in the region, and which became one of the derivative forms of tango. Uruguayan-American composer Sergio Cervetti presented his own, orchestral interpretation of the candombe on his album TRANSITS, honoring the cultural landmark of his native country.
From traditional folk to orchestra to experimental electronics, there’s a lot to be found on this list, and there are so many more contributions, in all areas, that can be discovered. We encourage you to take this time to study up on Hispanic Heritage Month, discover celebrations that are happening in your area, and of course, do this all to the soundtrack of ¡Clásica!
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