CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – CORTEZ THE CONQUISTADOR (1485 – 1547 A.D.)

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 Cortez the Conquistador 1485 – 1547 A.D. (Part 6 of 8)

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CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – Cortez the Conquistador (1485 - 1547 A.D.)

Sharp divisions in the description of Cortés’s personality and a tendency to describe him as either a vicious and ruthless person or a noble and honorable cavalier

A military drum heralds the age of Spanish conquest. Woodwinds depict Spain’s “men of war” which spread the Spanish Empire around the world. Guitars and strings por­tray the riches that filled the Spanish treasury. The brass dramatizes the Spanish court com­missioning its admirals and generals to richer conquests in the new world.

A snare drum press roll followed by brass crescendo and strings envision Cortez destroy­ing his fleet off the east coast of Mexico in 1519. A flute solo depicts the amazed Indians. Followed by his march inland to the clank of armor (xylophone), Cortez entered Mexico City and moves toward the ultimate death of Montezuma, the Aztec chieftain (June, 1520). With the conquest of Mexico, Cortez exemplified Hispanic and European commanders who colonized the new world. The final theme is heard as European culture is imposed on the natives in the Americas.

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Listen :

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Composer: Edmond De Luca

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reinhard Linz

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One Comment on “CONQUERORS OF THE AGES – CORTEZ THE CONQUISTADOR (1485 – 1547 A.D.)”

  1. Frank Clark August 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM #

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