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Fernández, Gaspar (1)

Birth and death dates: 
Province of Guatemala?, 1563/1571 — Puebla, México, ca. 18-IX-1629
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17/2 (1629)

Since the publications of Robert Stevenson (in particular his seminal book Renaissance and Baroque Musical Sources in the Americas, 1970), most scholars agreed in that the Gaspar Fernandes listed as a singer in the cathedral of Évora, Portugal, in the 1590s was the same person as the Gaspar Fernández who was hired as chapelmaster first in Guatemala Cathedral and later in Puebla Cathedral. However, documentation located by Omar Morales (2013) indicates that the singer Gaspar Fernandes “de Évora” cannot be identified with the Gaspar Fernández documented in Guatemala and Puebla, whose period of service in the Guatemalan cathedral, since at least 1596, coincides with the presence of the singer Gaspar Fernandes “de Évora” in that Portuguese cathedral in 1599. They are clearly two different musicians.

Periods of service: 
1595?/12-VII-1596—3-IV-1597, 18-I-1598—30-IX-1598: Guatemala Cathedral, master of chant of the mozos de coro
4-I-1598—1603: Colegio Seminario of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of Guatemala, colegial and vicerrector
1601: Guatemala Cathedral, singer
1602—1603: Guatemala Cathedral, bassoonist
1603—?: Colegio Seminario of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of Guatemala, rector
8-V-1603—5-VII-1606: Guatemala Cathedral, chapelmaster
1605: Guatemala Cathedral, chaplain
19-IX-1606—ca. 18-IX-1629: Puebla Cathedral, chapelmaster

Sources (MSS)

Date Provenance/Origins/Place of publication
GCA-Gc 2-A 17/1 (1606)
GCA-Gc 2-B 17/1 (1606)
MEX-Oc s.s. (1) (“Cancionero poético-musical de Gaspar Fernández”) 17/1 (1609-1620) Other countries, Américas, México, Puebla
MEX-Pc 01 17/1 (1606)

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This article includes also an editions of the pieces Botay fora and Pois con tanta graça, by Gaspar Fernandes.

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Vol. 8, 683
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Last modified: Javier Marín-López - 26 Feb 2020

How to cite

Javier Marín-López, "Fernández, Gaspar (1)", Books of Hispanic Polyphony, ed. E. Ros-Fábregas (accession date: 23 Jul 2021),