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date: 17 October 2019

Inca musiclocked

  • Cesar Bolanos

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Music of the Pre-Columbian culture of the Central Andean area of South America.

The Inca Tahuantisuyo (‘Empire’ or ‘state’) was the peak of a long process of development, starting with the first migrants, who arrived in the Andes approximately 15, 000 years ago, culminating in the Zapac Inca, who shaped and extended the Tahuantisuyo in the years 1450–1535. The empire reached its maximum size under the Inca Huyna Capac (1493–1527). When the Spaniards arrived, the Tahuantinsuyo extended in length from the extreme south of Colombia as far as the River Maule in Chile and in breadth from the Pacific Ocean to the high ground of the Amazon.

The Inca capital was Cusco, a city of magnificent architecture built with enormous polished stones set with precious metals. Only some stone remains can be seen today. Other splendours have survived only in the descriptions of chroniclers. Little is known of musical instruments made of precious metals as they fell victim to the invaders’ insatiable greed to possess the Incas' dazzling riches of silver and gold. Objects made of precious metals, including musical instruments, were melted down into exportable ingots. Later, when the Viceroyalty of ...

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