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Quetzaltenango in Municipality of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
 

Jesús Castillo

 
 
Jesus Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
1. Jesus Castillo Marker
Inscription.
El Concejo de la Ciudad
de Quetzaltenango
exalta a perpetuidad
de esta manera
la memoria del
Maestro
Jesus Castillo
insigne recreador
de la musica
Maya-Quiche.
Palacio Municipal;
IX de Septiembre de
MCMLVIII

English translation:
The City Council of Quetzaltenango
makes this perpetual tribute to the Master
Jesús Castillo,
Illustrious re-creator of the music of the Maya-Quiche.
Municipal Palace; September 9, 1958

 
Erected 1958 by El Concejo de la Ciudad de Quetzaltenango.
 
Location. 14° 50.253′ N, 91° 31.128′ W. Marker is in Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, in Municipality of Quetzaltenango. Marker is at the intersection of 1a Calle and 14a Avenida, on the left on 1a Calle. Touch for map. The marker and monument are to the right of the Municipal Theater of Quetzaltenango. Marker is in this post office area: Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosario de Paz Chajchalac de Mendizabal (within shouting distance of this marker); Osmundo Arriola (within shouting distance of this marker); 1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango
Jesus Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
2. Jesus Castillo Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The German School of Guatemala (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Juan José Ortega (about 180 meters away); Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Manuel Tzoc, Founder of Nahualá (approx. 21.6 kilometers away in Sololá).
 
Regarding Jesús Castillo. Jesús Castillo (b. September 9, 1877, San Juan Ostuncalco - d. April 23, 1946 Quetzaltenango) studied in Quetzaltenango with the master pianists Miguel Espinoza and Rafael Guzmán. From early on he showed a special interest in the indigenous music of Guatemala, some of whose features he incorporated into his own pieces. His "Overture No. 1" (1897) is the first work of his student period, based on native musical motifs. While studying with Rafael Guzmán, Castillo composed a second overture with similar themes, benefiting from the advice of his teacher. He compiled indigenous music in several regions of Guatemala. Among his original works based on native music is the Quiché Vinak opera (1917-1925), which was premiered in 1924 at the Teatro Abril in Guatemala City. As a composer, Jesús Castillo began the evaluation of the music of the Maya-Quiché while in Guatemala City.
Jesus Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
3. Jesus Castillo Marker
The marker and monument can be seen here to the right of the Municipal Theater of Quetzaltenango.
His works were published by the Pan-American Union in Washington, DC. Many of his pieces for piano were adopted by the great marimbas of Quetzaltenango, and are often heard even today. Adapted and translated from Wikipedia
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 409 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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