Zumaya [Sumaya], Manuel de
- Craig H. Russell
(bc1678; d Antequerra, Valle de Oaxaca, Dec 21, 1755). Mexican composer and organist. He probably entered the service of Mexico City Cathedral in about 1690, and quickly established a reputation as a prodigy. His name first appears in a document dated 25 May 1694, when the cathedral chapter granted him financial assistance after his father’s untimely death and arranged for him to study the organ with the cathedral’s principal organist, José de Ydiáquez, and composition with the maestro de capilla, Antonio de Salazar.
In honour of the birth of Prince Luis, Zumaya wrote a play, Rodrigo, which was staged on 25 August 1707, possibly with music also by Zumaya. The following year he became second organist at the cathedral, and in 1710, despite protestations from the older and more experienced Francisco de Atienza, he was appointed interim maestro de capilla and took on some of the ailing Salazar’s teaching duties at the ...