Searching For Baroque In Bolivia

Today Baroque music is being reborn in music schools across the jungles of Bolivia.

Last spring, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon met Polish priest and musicologist Piotr Nawrot, who took him on an incredible journey. For hundreds of years people have been traversing the rivers in the Amazon. When the Jesuits came to Bolivia in the 1670s their journeys took them to an exotic, steaming and vast new world.

Piotr Nawrot has been searching for the remnants of musical manuscripts which he was convinced were hidden by the Indians after the Jesuits were expelled from Latin America 300 years ago.

The Jesuits used the Baroque music that Bach and Vivaldi were composing and that Europeans were listening to at the time to help covert the natives.

Watch video of the segment here.
  • Caitlin Johnson

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