A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South

University of Illinois Press
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Javier F. León and Helena Simonett curate a collection of essential writings from the last twenty-five years of Latin American music studies. Chosen as representative, outstanding, and influential in the field, each article appears in English translation. A detailed new introduction by León and Simonett both surveys and contextualizes the history of Latin American ethnomusicology, opening the door for readers energized by the musical forms brought and nurtured by immigrants from throughout Latin America. Contributors: Marina Alonso Bolaños, José Jorge de Carvalho, Maria Ignêz Cruz Mello, Gonzalo Camacho Díaz, Claudio F. Díaz, Rodrigo Cantos Savelli Gomes, Juan Pablo González, Javier F. León, Rubén López Cano, Angela Lühning, Jorge Martínez Ulloa, Julio Mendívil, Carlos Miñana Blasco, Raúl R. Romero, Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros, Carlos Sandroni, Carolina Santamaría Delgado, Helena Simonett, Rodrigo Torres Alvarado, and Alejandro Vera.
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Javier F. León is the director of the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and an adjunct professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Helena Simonett is an assistant professor of Latin American studies, adjunct assistant professor of music history and literature, and associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Banda: Mexican Musical Life across Borders and the editor of The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More! .
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University of Illinois Press
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Published on
Jul 15, 2016
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Pages
496
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ISBN
9780252098437
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Readers
Music / Ethnomusicology
Music / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Latin
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An invention of the Industrial Revolution, the accordion provided the less affluent with an inexpensive, loud, portable, and durable "one-man-orchestra" capable of producing melody, harmony, and bass all at once. Imported from Europe into the Americas, the accordion with its distinctive sound became a part of the aural landscape for millions of people but proved to be divisive: while the accordion formed an integral part of working-class musical expression, bourgeois commentators often derided it as vulgar and tasteless. This rich collection considers the accordion and its myriad forms, from the concertina, button accordion, and piano accordion familiar in European and North American music to the exotic-sounding South American bandoneón and the sanfoninha. Capturing the instrument's spread and adaptation to many different cultures in North and South America, contributors illuminate how the accordion factored into power struggles over aesthetic values between elites and working-class people who often were members of immigrant and/or marginalized ethnic communities. Specific histories and cultural contexts discussed include the accordion in Brazil, Argentine tango, accordion traditions in Colombia, cross-border accordion culture between Mexico and Texas, Cajun and Creole identity, working-class culture near Lake Superior, the virtuoso Italian-American and Klezmer accordions, Native American dance music, and American avant-garde. Contributors are María Susana Azzi, Egberto Bermúdez, Mark DeWitt, Joshua Horowitz, Sydney Hutchinson, Marion Jacobson, James P. Leary, Megwen Loveless, Richard March, Cathy Ragland, Helena Simonett, Jared Snyder, Janet L. Sturman, and Christine F. Zinni.
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