LAS f326 • 2-MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
A musicological survey of the various traditions of Latin American and Caribbean music, stressing traditional indigenous, folk and urban popular music of various areas, but also including a brief survey of the art-music ("classical") tradition. These broadly defined areas are Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the Andean nations and Brazil and the Río de la Plata area. Rather than attempting to be comprehensive, the course's objectives are to illustrate the various traditions by examining in some depth specific song and dance music genres, and significant composers' works. "Musicological" here means an all-inclusive approach to the music-making phenomenon, i.e., relating the music products to their contextual dimensions and socio-cultural-historical meanings whenever possible and appropriate.
While reading assignments are important and helpful in complementing class presentations, class discussion and regular listening are crucial. No prior musical training is required. A reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is useful but not a prerequisite (All reading assignments come from texts in English).
There will be three tests during the session (each worth 33.33% of your average grade. Graduate students are encouraged to write a short paper on a topic of their choice to be discussed with the instructor. Grading is done on a subjective basis, i.e., on the merits of individual tests and eventual paper, and not by comparison with other performances in the class. Regular attendance is required.
NOTE: More than 5 unexcused absences will result in ten points less in the final average grade. Those taking the course on the Pass/Fail basis need to have a C average in order to pass the course.
TEXTS/RESERVE MATERIALS There is no single text for this course. A number of reading assignments will be made from various sources. Books, videotapes, and sound recordings will be on reserve in the Fine Arts Library. RECORDING ANTHOLOGY An anthology of the various musical pieces/works to be discussed in class will be made available in the form of audio cassettes at a nominal charge (around $5.00 per cassette). The same cassettes will also be on reserve in the FAL (Fine Arts Library). FIRST READINGS: "Latin America" article in The New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (Macmillan, 2001), written by Gerard Béhague and others. Chapter 9 (Latin American Folk Music) in Bruno Nettl, Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents, 3rd. edition (Prentice-Hall, 1990), by G. Béhague "Popular Music" chapter in Handbook of Latin American Popular Culture. Hinds & Tatum, editors (Greenwood Press, 1985), by G. Béhague Stevenson, Robert. Music in Aztec & Inca Territory (Univ. of California Press, 1968), Part One chapter 2; Part Two, chapter 1.