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After Christopher Columbus made his first trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Spain and other European countries began to colonize the Americas. Spanish music had a big influence on Latin American music — and so did the music of the enslaved people who were brought over from Africa. Hear how composers and players in Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay and other parts of Latin America married European forms with Indigenous sounds, creating folk music traditions that have become classics in their own right.

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Music heard in this episode:

José White Lafitte: La Bella Cubana
Classical Media/Aisha Syed, violin/Ciro Foderé, piano

Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña
Vintage Music/Ernesto Lecuona, piano

Leo Brouwer: 2 Aires Populares Cubanos: Guajira Criolla
Erato (now Warner)/Leo Brouwer, guitar

Roberto Sierra: Borikén
Naxos/Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra/Maximiano Valdés, conductor

Teresa Carreño: Little Waltz
Pierian Recording Society/Teresa Carreño, piano roll

Antonio Lauro: El Marabino
Etcetera/Jésus Castro-Balbi, guitar

Gabriela Montero: Piano Concerto #1 "Latin": mvt. 3 Allegro Venezolano
Orchid Classics/Gabriela Montero, piano/The Orchestra of the Americas/Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Agustín Barrios Mangoré: Danza Paraguaya
Harmonia Mundi/Pablo Villegas, guitar

Alberto Ginastera: Concierto Argentino: mvt. 3
Chandos/Xiayin Wang, piano/BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena, conductor

Astor Piazzolla: Escualo (Shark)
Trova Industrias Musicales/Astor Piazzolla Ensemble/Astor Piazzolla, bandoneón

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #2: Little Train of the Caipira
Everest/London Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goosens, conductor

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This Week's Quiz!

What kind of dance is the ''Danza Paraguaya,'' composed by guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré?

 Spanish waltz

 Paraguayan polka

 Square dance

 Chicken dance

Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla played the ______, a kind of concertina, which is related to the accordion.

 Harmonica

 Organ

 Bandoneón

 Bagpipes

Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos combined _____ with _____ to make a set of pieces he called Bachianas Brasileiras.

 Flamenco, Tango

 Waltz, Polka

 Chocolate, Peanut Butter

 Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian music

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Spanish and Latin American Composers:

More Latin American Composers

After Christopher Columbus made his first trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Spain and other European countries began to colonize the Americas. Spanish music had a big influence on Latin American music — and so did the music of the enslaved people who were brought over from Africa. Hear how composers and players in Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay and other parts of Latin America married European forms with Indigenous sounds, creating folk music traditions that have become classics in their own right.

This is a transcript of this show available

Music heard in this episode:

José White Lafitte: La Bella Cubana
Classical Media/Aisha Syed, violin/Ciro Foderé, piano

Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña
Vintage Music/Ernesto Lecuona, piano

Leo Brouwer: 2 Aires Populares Cubanos: Guajira Criolla
Erato (now Warner)/Leo Brouwer, guitar

Roberto Sierra: Borikén
Naxos/Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra/Maximiano Valdés, conductor

Teresa Carreño: Little Waltz
Pierian Recording Society/Teresa Carreño, piano roll

Antonio Lauro: El Marabino
Etcetera/Jésus Castro-Balbi, guitar

Gabriela Montero: Piano Concerto #1 "Latin": mvt. 3 Allegro Venezolano
Orchid Classics/Gabriela Montero, piano/The Orchestra of the Americas/Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Agustín Barrios Mangoré: Danza Paraguaya
Harmonia Mundi/Pablo Villegas, guitar

Alberto Ginastera: Concierto Argentino: mvt. 3
Chandos/Xiayin Wang, piano/BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena, conductor

Astor Piazzolla: Escualo (Shark)
Trova Industrias Musicales/Astor Piazzolla Ensemble/Astor Piazzolla, bandoneón

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #2: Little Train of the Caipira
Everest/London Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goosens, conductor

More shows about Spanish and Latin American Composers

Classical Music In Spain
The Spanish Sound
Mexican Composers

Learn more about Spanish and Latin American Composers | This is an Activity Sheet available

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

What kind of dance is the ''Danza Paraguaya,'' composed by guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré?

 Spanish waltz

 Paraguayan polka

 Square dance

 Chicken dance

Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla played the ______, a kind of concertina, which is related to the accordion.

 Harmonica

 Organ

 Bandoneón

 Bagpipes

Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos combined _____ with _____ to make a set of pieces he called Bachianas Brasileiras.

 Flamenco, Tango

 Waltz, Polka

 Chocolate, Peanut Butter

 Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian music