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Manuel de Zumaya (Composer)

Born: 1678, Mexico

Died: 21st December 1755, Oaxaca, Mexico

Nationality: Mexican

Manuel de Zumaya or Manuel de Sumaya 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 (now lost).

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