Hanacpachap Cussicuinin

Hanacpachap may well be one of the first polyphonic pieces of music composed and published in the new world. It was part of the "Ritual Formulario e Instituciones de Curas" in the Quechuan language of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas in Peru. Nothing is known of the composer of this music, but it is considered possible that it was composed by a Quechuan indian student because of the unique musical structure. It was first published in the early 1600s and was sung while the singers entered the church.

MIDI file of Hanacpachap

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