Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco was a Spanish composer whose career was spent mainly in Peru. The son of a huntsman bound to Felipe IV’s he was brought up in Fuencarral aged fourteen he was given a post as a page in the household of Pedro Fernández de Castro y Andrade, Count of Lemos, who in 1667 was appointed viceroy of Peru. Torrejón y Velasco left Cádiz on 3 March 1667 for the new world as one of the viceroy’s 113 personal attendants. His career in Peru was an administrative one rather than musical at least at first. He started out as the superintendent of Lima’s armoury, and then became a magistrate rising through the ranks to become chief justice of Chachapoyas provinces.
On January 1st 1676 he was named maestro de capilla of Lima Cathedral, and remained in that post until his death 1728. He and his music were famous throughout the Spanish possessions it spread as far Guatemala, Trujillo, and Cuzco, he was very influential and his opinion was sought whenever important musical decisions were to be made. He wrote numerous villancicos many of which were polychoral, a set of memorial vespers for Carlos II, and a fair amount of religious music but perhaps his greatest claim to fame is that it was he who wrote the New World’s first opera La púrpura de la rosa celebrating both Felipe V’s 18th birthday and the first year of his reign. His Mass for six voices which you can hear below seems to have been written around the same time as the opera, like most of his religious music it’s a jaunty and cheerful piece with some very dance-like sections. It’s also very short lasting for around twelve minutes. Enjoy :-).
Video Source: Misa a seis voces- TOMÁS DE TORREJÓN Y VELASCO~Cathedral of Sucre (Bolivia, 18th century)-COMPLETE – YouTube Published on 22 Oct 2015 by Enrique Guerrero