Antonio de Salazar (composer)

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Antonio de Salazar was a Mexican composer.

Salazar arrived in New Spain
New Spain
New Spain, formally called the Viceroyalty of New Spain , was a viceroyalty of the Spanish colonial empire, comprising primarily territories in what was known then as 'América Septentrional' or North America. Its capital was Mexico City, formerly Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire...

 in 1688 as chapel master of Puebla Cathedral
Puebla Cathedral
Puebla Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Puebla, in Puebla, Mexico. It is a colonial cathedral, and is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles. The cathedral's bishop is Víctor Sánchez Espinosa...

, then later held his final position later at Mexico City Cathedral. It is unknown if he had any direct connection to Oaxaca Cathedral
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Oaxaca
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption , located in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antequera, Oaxaca. Its construction began in 1535 and it was consecrated on July 12, 1733...

 though some of his compositions are found in manuscript there.

In his sacred Latin works Salazar was noted for strict contrapuntal style harking back to Palestrina
Palestrina is an ancient city and comune with a population of about 18,000, in Lazio, c. 35 km east of Rome...

. The musicologist Bruno Turner
Bruno Turner
Bruno Turner is a British musicologist, choral conductor, broadcaster, publisher and businessman.-Life:The son of a motor spares magnate, Turner went on holiday to Sweden shortly after the Second World War...

 considers that Salazar "represents the last of the truly conservative Hispanic composers before the all-conquering Italian style took Spain and its Empire by storm".

Salazar also composed lighter pieces including Christmas villancicos, including several in the "negrillo" genre imitating the dialects and dances of African slaves.


  • O sacrum convivium
  • Joseph fili David

  • Tarará tarará qui yo soy Antoniyo