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Revista musical chilena

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COIFMAN MICHAILOS, David. The "Sacred Contriving" of April 19th, 1810: or the Ecclesiastical Conspiracy of Andrés Bello (1781-1865). Rev. music. chil. [online]. 2012, vol.66, n.217, pp.56-74. ISSN 0716-2790.

The sacred contriving on Maundy Thursday, April 19th, 1810, marked the beginning of the independence of Venezuela. The date was not chosen at random but on the basis ofthe advantages that the "ecclesiasticalfunction" had regarding both the social control and the dissemination ofthe information about the political goals to be achieved. The purpose ofthis essay is the analysis ofthe hitherto unknown confluence ofthe musical and ecclesiastical elements that made it possible this enterprise to succeed. These elements in turn are related to the social, intellectual and musical networks ofthe humanist Andrés Bello (1781-1865), editor ofthe Gazeta de Caracas and son ofthe musician and lawyer Bartolomé Bello (1758-1804).

Keywords : Venezuela; Church; 1810; Velásquez "the younger"; Requiem Mass; Bartolomé Bello.

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