“Geoffrey Baker examines the musical culture — the soundscape — of colonial Cuzco, in all its complexity. He questions traditional scholarship on the music of Cuzco (and elsewhere in Latin America, for that matter) in which the cathedral, with its strongly Hispanic traditions, is understood as the center and focus of viceregal musical culture. In a city that was inhabited by a strong majority of indigenous descent, focus on a cathedral-centered organization rehearses a colonialist perspective. Baker successfully challenges it.” — Carolyn Dean, author of Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ: Corpus Christi in Colonial Cuzco, Peru

“Decentering understanding of the history of music in colonial Cuzco, Geoffrey Baker demonstrates the importance of moving away from the cathedral-centered analyses of the period’s musical culture. Most memorably, he significantly deepens insight into the making of Andean social distinction by bringing to the fore the busy activity of Andean musicians not based in, trained by, or dependent on the Cuzco Cathedral at all.” — Kathryn Burns, author of Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru.

Imposing Harmony: Music and Society in Colonial Cuzco



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