Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music

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Did you know that Baroque music is deeply ingrained in indigenous culture within Bolivia? “But while much of the work of Zipoli has vanished in his native Europe, it has managed to survive in eastern Bolivia — along with his vast Baroque musical tradition, which hums through the tropical lowlands.

Here near the borders of Brazil and Paraguay, harpsichords and lutes can be found in the smallest villages. Luthiers have carved violins from local cedar for centuries.”

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