Music of Peru
Native Peruvian music is dominated by the nationalinstrument, the charango. The charango is a type ofmandolin, and was invented in the Viceroyalty of Peruby musicians imitating Spanish lutes and guitars. In the Canas and Titicaca regions, the charango is used in courtship rituals, symbolically invoking mermaidswith the instrument to lure the woman to the male performers. Until the 1960s, the charango was denigrated as an instrument of the rural poor. After the revolution in 1959, which built upon the Indigenismomovement (1910–1940), the charango was popularized among other performers. Music of Chinese andJapanese settlers greatly influenced Peruvian music.
One important space for Peruvian comtemporary classical music is Circomper, the Peruvian Composition Circle.
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- Música Criolla del Perú
- (French) Audio clips: Traditional music of Peru.Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève. Accessed November 25, 2010.
- BBC Radio 3 Audio (60 minutes): Huaynos of the Andes and Afro-Peruvian music.Accessed November 25, 2010.
- BBC Radio 3 Audio (60 minutes): The music of Ayacucho. Accessed November 25, 2010.
- BBC Radio 3 Audio (60 minutes): Iquitos, Huancayo and Lake Titicaca. Accessed November 25, 2010.
- Music from the Andes and Nearby Regions
- Going Underground: Peru An exploration into the underground music scene in Peru