José Angel Lamas

José Ángel Lamas (August 2, 1775 – December 10, 1814) was a Venezuelan classical musician and composer born in Caracas. He was the main representative of the classical period in colonial Venezuela.

Author of the immortal sacred piece, Popule Meus, his most important and best known piece. It was composed in 1801, and premiered in Caracas Cathedral during the colonial-provincial period. Lamas, away from politics and the whirlpool of the independence war, dedicated his life to music and specifically religious music. As a member of the School of Chacao, in 1789 he played Tiple and Bajón Chirimía in the cathedral orchestra. He played the chirimía, an ancient medieval Spanish instrument, which preceded the oboe. From 1796 until his death on the December 10, 1814, José Ángel Lamas was Maestro Bajonista or Main Bassoonist of the orchestra.

Among his pieces are, En Premio a tus Virtudes (As a Prize to Your Virtues), Sepulto Domino (Sepulted Lord), Ave Maris Stella (Ave Star Mary), Misa en re (Mass in D), Benedicta et Venerabilis (Blessed and Venerable).

José Ángel Lamas died at 39 on December 10, 1814, and was buried in Saint Paul's church in Caracas. His bones were never found when later Antonio Guzmán Blanco demolished the church and subsequently built the Teatro Municipal de Caracas' (Municipal Theatre of Caracas) on it.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 2, 1775 (Caracas), Died December 10, 1814 (Caracas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36955 10-in. 11/23/1926 Popule meus Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-37105 10-in. 12/7/1926 Popule meus Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus and soloist, with orchestra composer  
Victor K-1824 12-in. 2/1/1917 Populo meus Pepino Sarno Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor K-1825 12-in. 2/1/1917 Populo meus Pepino Sarno Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia W83052 12-in. approximately July 1927 Popule meus Julio Roig Tenor vocal solo composer  


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