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Latin American traditions Latinos (Hispanic-surnamed peoples): largest and fastest growing single ethnic group in U.S. Spanish established first “persistent European presence” in what is now the mainland U.S. (1513 CE) First musical influences were religious (Roman Catholic) The area that is now the state of New Mexico is “the area of the oldest sustained Hispanic influence in the U.S.” Communities centered around churches •alabado : religious folk song relating to the Passion of Jesus Christ (His betrayal, trial, and execution by crucifixion) solo melody free rhythm – no strict organization of beats strophic pito : a flute that plays at the beginning of the alabado; represents the lamenting of the Virgin Mary. Only played during Holy Week. Secular music Better known today outside Mexico than the religious music Dance and song closely related European dances were influential and retained: Mexican and Latin American
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Unformatted text preview: Dances are based on waltzes, polkas, etc. Two dominant types of instrumental music (almost always with singing, too0: •mariachi : dance-songs with instrumental interludes •trumpets, violins, vihuela, guitar, guitarrón •popular today •son jalisciense (song or tune from Jalisco, a region in Western Mexico) quick tempos harmonized singing instrumental interludes hemiola (the alteration of beats in groups of twos and threes: 1 23 4 56 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 etc.) •musica norteña : music from the northern regions of Mexico and southern Texas •performed by an ensemble called a conjunto •uses button accordion (and guitar; later, wind instruments and drums were added) •corrido : folk ballad (narrative song in strophic form) usually about actual events, people...
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