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Thanks to early missionaries, the Bolivian natives they converted have made baroque music their own

Posted: June 2, 2018 at 2:44 a.m.

Indigenous people sit outside a church where many baroque music manuscripts are preserved in Concepcion, Bolivia.

The aging musical score wasn't easy to read. It was a copy of a copy of a Latin Mass by 18th-century composer Domenico Zipoli that had crossed the Atlantic and most of South America, only to be stuffed into a box for three centuries in a derelict jungle church where humidity had taken its toll.

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