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Ensemble Lipzodes is a unique group of performers that came together in 2004 in Bloomington, Ind., while its members were students completing degrees in the IU Jacobs School of Music and its Early Music Institute. The ensemble combines voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion to bring to life the rarely performed music of sixteenth-century Guatemala. In addition to this singular repertoire, the ensemble also explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds. The group's name comes from a creative misinterpretation of the writing on the flyleaf of MS 1, Santa Eulalia, from the Guatemalan Music Manuscripts. What at first glance seems to say "Lipzodes," actually is the first part of a passage which continues further: "LibRodeSancta olaya Puyumatlan. ..." In an orthographic transformation typical of the region, the letters "b" and "p" became exchanged, and the "R" lost its vertical bar, to become what appeared to be a "Z."

This project is based on a sixteenth-century Guatemalan manuscript residing at IU’s Lilly Library. The music preserved in it offers a glimpse of what must have been common in small villages far-removed from the power centers of the Spanish colonists




  1. Pabanilla
  2. Cuentas a Santa Maria
  3. Maria de solo un buelo
  4. Christe redemptor omniun
  5. Kyrie
  6. Gloria
  7. Archanglele Michael
  8. Istadiorum
  9. Psalm 147
  10. Credo
  11. Angelus Domini
  12. Sanctus
  13. Y tech nepa
  14. Romance
  15. Pange lingua
  16. Pange lingua (instrumental)
  17. Agnus dei
  18. Salamanca
  19. Fahuana
  20. Sominus regnavit
  21. Primero tonos
  22. Ave maris stella
  23. Gaude mater ecclesia
  24. Mulier quit prolas
  25. Untitiled (Mateo Fernandes)
  26. Aparejad ballesteros
  27. Hic solus
  28. Ausi benigne conditor
  29. Quantelcta
  30. Oy hasemos fiesta todas