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Thread #39590   Message #1618735
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
02-Dec-05 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: Mexican Music - German Origins?
Subject: RE: Mexican Music - German Origins?
The German influence in Tex-Mex music stems largely from the German colony in central Texas, centered on New Braunfels, which influenced all music in the region. The success of the colony, established in 1845, which included professional men including a geologist, artisans, musicians, and teachers, led by Prince Carl von Solms-Braunfels and Nicolaus Zink, led to other German immigration to the southwest. New Braunfels quickly became a manufacturing and commercial center.

Of course, the older European influences other than Spanish in Mexico are well-known; Baroque liturgical music form Mexico and other Latin American sources is well recorded. Mexico City was a boom town of the 16th-17th centuries, and Italians and other Europeans were attracted to it and other colonial cities.

Gonzales (Gundisalvis) in its several spellings is a medieval name in Spain, and predates Teutonic mercenaries. Gutierrez (Gutierre) is thought to be Visigothic, but the name in Christian Spain dates well before the time of Isabella and Ferdinand.