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Music in Latin American culture : regional traditions
Schechter, John Mendell.
Publication Information:
New York : Schirmer Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 496 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Themes in Latin American music culture / John M. Schechter -- Popular Mexican musical traditions : the Mariachi of West Mexico and the Conjunto Jarocho of Veracruz / Daniel Sheehy -- Central American : Marimba and other music of Guatemala and Nicaragua / T.M. Scruggs -- Caribbean musics : Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago / Gage Averill -- Northeastern Brazil / Larry Crook -- Music in the southern cone : Chile, Argentina and Uruguay / Ercilia Moreno Chá -- Andean Colombia / William J. Gradante -- Andean Peru / Raúl R. Romero -- Beyond region : transnational amd transcultural traditions / John M. Schechter.
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ML199 .M86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Music in Latin American Culture: Regional Traditions presents chapters that focus on specific musical cultures including: Mexico, Central American, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru and more. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and includes specific examples from the contributor's fieldwork.

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Choice Review

US colleges and universities now offer myriad courses about musical cultures in the world, and these have stimulated countless writing projects by ethnomusicologists. Whereas the majority of these publications cover several music cultures, Schechter (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) devotes his collaborative project to one extended region. The first of the book's nine chapters discusses the overall themes in Latin American music culture. Chapters 2 through 8 consider a variety of regional musical traditions ranging geographically from Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago to northeastern Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Peru. The last chapter briefly addresses issues about new music, continuity of tradition, political condition, and philosophy. The accompanying compact disc provides samples of musical genres discussed; a glossary enhances the usefulness of the book as a reference tool. Although regional maps adorn each chapter, a complete map of Latin America would have been a welcome addition to provide a bird's-eye view of geographic locations in relation to each other. A must for libraries supporting Latin American music at any level; those who teach the subject will wish to consider this title as a textbook. Kazadi wa Mukuna; Kent State University

Table of Contents

1 Themes in Latin American Music Culture
2 Popular Mexican Musical Traditions: The Mariachi of West Mexico and the Conjunto Jarocho of Veracruz
3 Central America: Marimba and Other Musics of Guatemala and Nicaragua
4 Caribbean Musics: Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago
5 Northeastern Brazil
6 Music in the Southern Cone: Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay
7 Andean Colombia
8 Andean Peru
9 Beyond Region: Transnational and Transcultural Traditions
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