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Franco, Hernando (1532–1585)

Franco, Hernando (1532–1585)

Hernando Franco (b. 1532; d. 28 November 1585), Spanish-born composer who, after his training in the Segovia cathedral and brief service in Guatemala, was brought to Mexico by Spanish patron Arévalo Sedeño. Music flourished under his direction at the Mexico City cathedral from 1575 until financial problems prompted his resignation in 1582. He returned to the post as conditions improved, but died shortly thereafter. His sacred music style incorporates the alternation of simple unison and intricate polyphonic part singing in a manner typical of the cathedral practice that existed during his apprentice and journeyman years in Spain.

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


Robert Stevenson, Music in Mexico: A Historical Survey (1952).

Additional Bibliography

Franco, Hernando, and Juan Manuel Lara Cárdenas. Obras. México, D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia: Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical Carlos Chávez, 1996.

                                    Robert L. Parker

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