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Hernando Franco
Birth: 1532
Death: Nov. 28, 1585

Composer. He was unusual among 16th Century Renaissance masters in that he was active in the Western Hemisphere. Although there had been European musicians in the New World before Franco, he is the first about whom definite information is known. Born in Galizuela, Spain, he trained as a choirboy in Segovia. He arrived in Guatemala, then part of New Spain, around 1552, and by 1571 he was in charge of music at the Cathedral of Santiago there. From 1575 until his death he was music director at the new Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. Franco's style was strongly conditioned by the new territory where he chose to live. Missionaries used his music for teaching purposes, often with inadequate singers, so it had to be simpler and more consonant than was typical for the time. Nevertheless it is quite emotionally expressive and firm in technique. Some of Franco's hymns are to texts in Nahuatl, the earliest extant polyphonic settings of a Native American language. His output includes 16 Magnificats, 20 motets and a set of Lamentations of Jeremiah. He probably also wrote several Masses, but these have not survived. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Plot: Main Chapel
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21053434
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