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Sacred and secular dance songs from Peru: Cachua, Tonada and Tonadilla dances from the “Codex Trujillo de Lima” (Cathedral from Lima 1780-1790)
It was a time of unrest, when pious padres from the Lima Cathedral compiled the dance songs of Peru in the Codex Trujillo: in 1780, a revolt of the indigenous people broke out, led by the last offspring of the last Inca. The Spanish viceroy had the rebel Túpac Amaru quartered, thereby making him a legend. Around 1790, the ideas of the French Revolution started spreading in Lima. It therefore seemed even more important to preserve the old songs and dances. 225 years later, Jordi Savall retrieved them from the archives. He revives the Tonadas and Tonadillas, the work and dance songs of the Indians, the Cachua dances and the cheerful songs. They were all meant to be danced while singing: “para bailar cantando”.